Good Product: Pop-Up Sponges

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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