Good Product: Pop-Up Sponges

We have used these sponges on and off for a while. At first, they seemed like a gimmick (Stores flat! Expands when wet!), then a not-so-cheap indulgence. But after trying other sponges and even toying with using a dishcloth, we're back to these. Here's why...

These sponges are serious workhorses. They are thick, absorbent, and long-lasting. Modeled on a European design, they come flat, bagged like little crackers, and expand when they get wet.

We know many of you will take issue with using a disposable sponge instead of a washable dishcloth. But a sponge simply does a better job for us. (As penance, we've gone paper towel-less in our kitchen, and we'll tell you about that later in the week.)

We like these sponges because...
• It took us more than a year to use up our last supply (a bag of 12).
• They go through the dishwasher beautifully, if you want to clean them.
• Even after they get a bit stained and smelly, they are still firm and spongy. So before we toss them, we use them to clean our kitchen floor once or twice.
• They lather up well; we feel we use less dish soap when washing up.
• Our current, cheap sponge is leaving nuggets of itself on all of our dishes; these never do that.
• The flat packaging and pop-up feature is pretty cool.

We only have experience with the Wiliams-Sonoma version of these sponges, but we know that Crate & Barrel and Caldrea also make them.

Pop-Up Sponges, $15 for 12 at Williams-Sonoma

Related: Tip: Use a Loofah to Wash Dishes

(Image: Williams-Sonoma)

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