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The Best Cleaning Sponges

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🕚 Updated February 2022

Cleaning dishes, kitchen sinks, and countertops is made easier with a good sponge. Whatever the mess you're tackling, there's a sponge that'll get the job done. Here are our top picks for trusty sponges for cleaning.

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  Top Choice Best Microfiber Sponge Best Double-Sided Best with Handle Also Great
 
  Scotch-Brite
Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges
Scrub- it
Non-Scratch Microfiber Sponge
MR.SIGA
Non-Scratch Cellulose Scrub Sponge
Scotch-Brite
Heavy Duty Advanced Soap Control Dishwand
ARCLIBER
Cellulose Sponges
 
Our SummaryThis pack of recyclable sponges is dishwasher safe and reusable, so they will work hard and last long.Made for heavy-duty cleaning, this six-pack of scrubbing sponges works as well as a scouring pad to remove stubborn grease.Enjoy streak-free cleaning with this 12-pack of odor-eliminating sponges.Keep your hands out of the dishwater with this handy sponge on a wand that dispenses soap.These sponges are the perfect mixture of soft, durable, and biodegradable.
ProsWork well, won't scratch delicate surfaces, attractive and comfortable, scrubbing pad doesn't separate.Machine washable and dryer safe, long-lasting, super absorbent.Gentle on delicate surfaces, tough on grease and oil, great value.Handle is easy to refill, sponge pads are easy to replace, leak-free, designed to not waste your dish soap.Variety of fun colors, take up very little space, 100% earth-friendly.
ConsMay shrink a bit.May scratch nonstick pans, absorb grease while cleaning greasy messes.Scrubbing side comes apart after a while.Difficult to get the sponge head completely dry.Don't last long, not wise to sanitize in bleach.
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The Best Cleaning Sponges

An arm with a yellow rubber glove uses a sponge to wipe down a countertop.
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Buying Guide for Sponges

A hand wearing a blue dishwashing glove scrubs a pan with a blue sponge.
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Why buy cleaning sponges?

Almost every cleaning project needs a good sponge because they’re absorbent, durable, and reusable. Cleaning sponges have been a staple in households for many years. And new advances in cleaning are bringing plenty of earth-friendly, biodegradable products that you can feel good about using. They pack a lot of cleaning power at a low cost, too. Most sponges are reusable and washable, so they will last a long time as they scrub away messes that paper products and dishcloths simply can’t handle.

What should you consider when buying sponges?

  • Material: Determine the best material for your intended use. There are modern silicone, classic polyester and cellulose, and all-natural coconut husk and wood pulp options. It will mostly come down to personal preference since all of these materials work pretty well.
  • Abrasiveness: You’ll want a sponge that can effectively scrub your mess clean; however, it shouldn’t be so abrasive that it damages your pans, dishes, or table you use it on.
  • Size: Decide which size is best for your intended use. You don’t want to use a tiny sponge on a huge mess or a huge sponge on a tiny mess. Sometimes, you can simply cut your sponges in half if you want mini ones for small messes or detailed cleaning.

How do you disinfect a sponge?

There are several ways to clean a sponge. Some have had success tossing it in the dishwasher for a hot cycle or even microwaving it for a couple of minutes. However, the best way to truly disinfect it is with a mixture of 1 part bleach and 10 parts water. Simply soak your sponge for a couple of minutes in the solution, then rinse clean and ring dry.

Our Picks for the Best Cleaning Sponges

Top Choice

Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges

This pack of recyclable sponges is dishwasher safe and reusable, so they will work hard and last long.

Pros: These sponges work well when compared to other brands because they won’t scratch pots, pans, or delicate home materials. The curved shape looks attractive and is comfortable to use. And unlike some other brands, the scrubbing pad doesn’t separate from the softer sponge area over time. All in all, these are a great buy.

Cons: Once they’re used, these cleaning sponges shrink a bit.

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for quality sponges from a trusted brand, try these Scotch-Brite sponges. They’re made from 100% recycled materials, which you can feel good about. And you can get them in a variety of pack sizes to cover big jobs and small ones.

 

Best Microfiber Sponge

Scrub-it Non-Scratch Microfiber Sponge

Made for heavy-duty cleaning, this six-pack of scrubbing sponges works as well as a scouring pad to remove stubborn grease.

Pros: Just like the old dishcloth, these great cleaning sponges are machine washable and dryer safe. Because they’re washable, they can be used over and over again, outlasting other brands. And they’re super absorbent, which is great for cleaning up spills and saving you money on paper towels.

Cons: These sponges may not be the best option for scrubbing nonstick pans because they could scratch the delicate coating. Since these sponges are so absorbent, they might also absorb grease while cleaning ovens, stoves, or greasy pans.

Bottom Line: If you’re in the market for sponges that can clean the tough messes and be gentle when necessary, these are a great buy. They’re a great value because they last so long. They come in two different sizes to suit your needs.

 

Best Double-Sided

MR.SIGA Non-Scratch Cellulose Scrub Sponge

Enjoy streak-free cleaning with this 12-pack of odor-eliminating sponges.

Pros: These double-sides sponges are gentle on your delicate surfaces, even when using the scrubbing side. However, they’re also tough on grease and oil, making cleanup a breeze. With the two sides, it feels like you get double the sponges for a great price.

Cons: Unfortunately, the scrubbing side does come apart after a while.

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a great pack of disposable sponges, these may be just right for you. They’re nice and absorbent, made for multi-purpose cleaning. While these aren’t made to be used with harsh cleansers, they clean up great with dish soap or mild all-purpose cleaner.

 

Best with Handle

Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Advanced Soap Control Dishwand

Keep your hands out of the dishwater with this handy sponge on a wand that dispenses soap.

Pros: This sponge is great because it’s on a handle with a built-in soap dispenser. It’s designed not to waste your dish soap and automatically dispense the right amount into the soap as you wash your dishes. It’s easy to refill, and the sponge pads are easy to replace. The handle is also leak-free, eliminating a sticky, soapy mess.

Cons: You’ll need to put a little extra effort into wringing out the sponge head to get it completely dry.

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a dish wand that outlasts its competitors and shines in terms of convenience, this is it. This sponge scrubber comes in three different styles: heavy-duty, non-scratch, and brush to suit your needs. Plus, the scrubbing sponges are affordable to replace, making this a long-lasting cleaning product for your home.

 

Also Great

ARCLIBER Cellulose Sponges

These sponges are the ideal mixture of soft, durable, and biodegradable.

Pros: One of the best things about these sponges is the variety of fun colors they come in. Another great thing about these sponges is that they take up very little space under your sink. Also, you won’t have to feel bad about chucking these sponges when you’re finished with them because they’re 100% earth-friendly.

Cons: These sponges don’t last as long as others.

Bottom Line: Remember how fun shrinky dinks were? That’s how these sponges work too! You place them in water, and they expand right before your eyes. These are fun, functional sponges that come in various pack sizes.

Final Thoughts

Sponges are a staple cleaning supply in most households. If it’s time to buy some new ones, check out our top picks. When they arrive, grab your gloves and get to scrubbing!

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Rachel Shubin is a freelance journalist who is passionate about telling stories. Along with writing reviews for LifeSavvy, she writes a book column for Cape May Magazine and is a reporter for the Cape May Star & Wave Newspaper. When Rachel is not writing, she can be found advocating for mental health awareness and animal rescue, reading novels, exploring Cape May, or working on her polymer clay jewelry business, Piper + Pearl Co. Read Full Bio »
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