I’m having sponge issues.
I like using a sponge when I wash dishes. I know, I know….that’s the most bacteria ridden part of the house. I know. Which is why I switch the sponges out about once a week.
And it’s finally dawned on me that this practice is very expensive.
Mom has always used a dishcloth, and always gripes about my sponges, but I can’t wash dishes with a dishcloth. It’s too big, it flops around and gets me wet, it’s too thin. I like the thickness of sponge.
So I need a “washable” sponge.
I’ve found these by Twist but nowhere on their site does it say that these are cleanable (you’d think making a sponge washable would be worth mentioning). I found that information here, at The Greenest Dollar.
Here’s a post from Mom Go Green about Trader Joe’s sponges. They’re compostable, so at least I won’t be adding to my garbage pile.
Williams Sonoma also carries a cellulose (i.e. compostable) pop up sponge like Trader Joe’s that you can throw in the dishwasher to clean.
You get 12 sponges for $15, which works out to $1.25 per sponge. The Scotch Brite sponges are, according to Amazon, $18.95 for 18 sponges, so they’re just about $1.05 each.
So, I’d still be spending money on sponges when I could just use a dishcloth over and over. But with the pop up sponges, I wouldn’t be switching them out each week (one woman commented that one sponges will last up to six months with regular cleanings), so those 12 sponges could last a year, whereas the 18 Scotch Brite sponges last a mere 18 weeks.
Hmm. Decisions, decisions.
What do you use to wash dishes?
Aside from a dishwasher, husband, or child?