There's nothing like a dingy sponge to make you second-guess the cleanliness of your dishes and kitchen. Although microwaving them might help eliminate the germs that cling to and grow inside the porous material, you still have to sanitize those little guys daily and replace them every week — unless you have this new-and-improved version.
These multipurpose, non-porous Ruhn Rikon silicone sponges dry quickly and safely clean your dishes without holding onto and spreading germs. Designed to be eco-friendly, the $7.95 durable sponges can be reused and last much longer than typical ones. Plus, they can clean a variety of items and surfaces in your home — not just dishes.
In addition to washing cookware, the modern sponge is also great for wiping down counters and scrubbing grime off of surfaces, according to Brittney Morgan, who reviewed the item for Apartment Therapy. "I tested it out in my bathroom sink, and it was (unsurprisingly) super effective at scrubbing off stuck-on toothpaste and the like," she wrote. She was also impressed by how effective they were at cleaning makeup brushes.
Buyers on Crate and Barrel, Amazon, and Sur La Table warned that users might need to use more soap than usual in order to work up a good lather with this option, and they tend to become slippery when doused in too much soap, but they're impressed by their effectiveness — and lack of odor.
Several customers shared even more ways to use the cleaning tool around the house in the product reviews. For instance, several recommended using them to pick up lint and pet hair on furnishings and clothing, to exfoliate your skin in the shower, and to scrub potatoes, mushrooms, and other vegetables. And whenever they need a refreshing, you can throw them in the dishwasher for a quick wash.
[h/t Apartment Therapy]