Forget Dirty Old Sponges: Get a Cleaner Kitchen with These Incredible Sponge Alternatives

They say you know you’ve reached adult status when opening a fresh new sponge makes your whole day happy. But before long, that sponge starts to resemble some sort of high school experiment with all the weird stains and funky smells. Unless you’re replacing your kitchen sponge every week like you’re supposed to, the whole thing is downright disgusting.

But who has time to shop for sponges all the time? And better yet, who has the money? Traditional sponges are weirdly expensive, and they don’t last very long at all. If you want a cleaner kitchen for less money and effort, it’s time to try out a sponge alternative.

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Silicone sponges

  • Pros: Reusable, durable, versatile
  • Cons: Expensive, non-absorbent

The latest trend in kitchen cleaning is silicone sponges. These As-Seen-On-TV items clean with thousands of tiny silicone fingers and manufacturers claim they’re tough, malleable, mildew-resistant, and won’t cause scratches. At $14.95 for a 3-pack, they’re much more expensive than regular sponges. But if they really do stand the test of time, then that initial expense may be worth it.

Silicone sponges are great at scrubbing dishes, but they aren’t absorbent, so they won’t work for mopping up spills. Even if you opt for silicone, you’ll still need a different solution for cleaning up wet spills.

Scrub Daddy

  • Pros:  Hygienic sponge alternative, dishwasher safe, unique design
  • Cons: Longevity

You may have seen Scrub Daddy on Shark Tank – it’s the most financially successful product to ever appear on the show.

The coolest thing about Scrub Daddy is that it’s a hard, sturdy scour brush when you use it with cold water and a soft, pliable sponge when you use it with hot water. The not-so-cool thing? It falls apart fairly quickly, causing you to question why you spent so much money on a sponge in the first place. But if you don’t mind replacing it again and again (and again), it’s much better at scrubbing than a regular old sponge.



DishFish sponges | via DishFish

  • Pros: Great for scrubbing, long-lasting, versatile, absorbent
  • Cons: Not available everywhere

If you like Scrub Daddy, you’re going to love the DishFish even more. These better-than-sponge scrubbers are fantastic at scouring your toughest messes and last a lot longer than traditional sponges. They come in several different versions, with the DishFish Dual doing the best at replacing a multi-purpose sponge with a scrubber on top and an absorbent sponge on the bottom. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself reaching for them again and again in the kitchen.

The only foreseeable con with DishFish is that it’s not available everywhere, so you can’t just run to the grocery store to grab one if you have some kind of sponge emergency. But if you can wait two days and you have Amazon Prime, DishFish sponges are available on Amazon or at Walmart.

Microfiber cloths

  • Pros: Reusable, durable, eco-friendly
  • Cons: Not all are created equally, can’t fully replace a sponge

Cleaning with microfiber cloths makes sense from a cost perspective. Rather than constantly tossing and replacing sponges, you can use your cloths for cleanup and then toss them in the washing machine to use again and again. But be cautious when selecting your cloth – the better quality the fabric, the better a job they’ll do at cleaning.

A microfiber cloth is fantastic at wiping down counters and cabinets, but it’s not the best tool for scouring baked-on cheese off that casserole dish. You can use it in the kitchen and it will make life easier. Just don’t expect a microfiber cloth to replace your sponge 100%.



Editor’s note: Sponge samples were provided by DishFish. Opinions and recommendations are our own.