While the sponges looks like they are made from something metallic, they're actually a plastic mesh cover wrapped around a standard sponge. The plastic is fairly soft and flexible, but the pads scour the crusty, caked-on bits from my pans like a pro.
I've used these scrubs on non-stick pans, cast-iron skillets (without soap!), enamel-coated dishes, and regular stainless steel pots. They've never left scratches and seem to work equally well on all surfaces.
Finding these exact same pads is a trick. So far, I've actually only seen them at The Wok Shop, and the only place I can find online to order these scrub pads is (You guessed it!) The Wok Shop itself. Amazon does carry another pad that looks similar:
• Scrub Pads, $1.50 for a set of 3 from The Wok Shop • Nonstick Scrubbing Pads from RSVP, $8.70 for a set of 6 on Amazon
Do you have a favorite non-abrasive scrubbing brush?
(Image: Emma Christensen)