Kitchn Love Letters

This Brand-New Dish Wand Tackles Greasy Pans Like a Pro

published Aug 16, 2022
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Let me start by saying, I’ve been a longtime fan of the original Scrub Daddy. Back in 2012, when my husband and I were parents to a preschooler and an infant, our wild Friday night routine consisted of eating the good snacks we hid from the kids while watching the newest episode of Shark Tank. I remember Scrub Daddy made its debut on the Tank that fall, and come Christmas I was genuinely giddy to receive a few of those smiling sponges in my stocking. 

Fast forward a decade, and the Scrub Daddy line of products has grown! The newest addition to the family is the Dish Daddy, which I first spied on pro cleaner Vanesa Amaro’s TikTok. Now I’m a big fan of her advice, so I had to give it a try for myself!

How I Tested the Scrub Daddy Dish Wand 

I wanted to tackle something really greasy the first time I used the dish wand. I had baked bacon on my favorite well-loved baking sheet, and knew it was the perfect thing to tackle. I filled the wand with my usual dish soap, poured off the extra bacon fat from the pan into a jar, and got to scrubbing. 

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My daughter thinks the sponge looks like a smiling potato! It's certainly very cute.

The Dish Daddy did not disappoint. I barely had to scrub to remove all the stuck-on bacon bits, and only had to use the chisel-shaped scraper on the sponge head on one stubborn spot.

Now, as you can see, my baking sheet has been used over and over and over through the years. It has a particular patina that means it will never ever look shiny and new, no matter how much I scrub.

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A button dispenses soap from the mouth of the sponge.

That’s why I did the “feel test” to make sure this sheet was really clean. I ran my hand over the newly cleaned sheet, and there were no leftover cooked-on food bits or any greasy residue whatsoever — even in the corners. My verdict? I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this dish wand to anyone looking to up their dishwashing game.

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The dish wand's sturdy handle and handy sponge shape make it easy to get dirty jobs done.

My Honest Review

I was a regular user of another brand of dish wand for several years. I liked the ability to keep one of my hands dry if I was just washing a couple of things. But eventually I gave up on the dish wand because the cons just ended up outweighing the pros.

The Scrub Daddy version fixes a lot of the issues I had with my previous model. Here are the four things I absolutely love about it.

  1. Self-standing base: The Dish Daddy stands up on its own next to your faucet. This prevents a puddle from forming and keeps the handle dry. My old brush always ended up with a puddle of soap beneath it. Some wand models include a separate base, but I like that this is all in one piece, which makes for easy cleanup.
  2. Working soap dispenser: A push of the handle’s soap dispensing button and a little dribble of detergent oozes out of the sponge’s mouth (which on first try was funnier than it should have been). Why do I love this, other than its cuteness? Well, I can actually see the soap. With my old sponge, I couldn’t see if anything was really coming out, which lead to me keep pushing the button again and again and wasting soap. 
  3. Unique shape: My 10-year old daughter (the aforementioned infant! Where does time go?) declared the sponge head, “adorable, it looks like a smiling potato!” And she’s not wrong. The tip is tapered, but not triangular like my old wand. It also has the classic grooves cut into it like the classic version of the sponge. This shape and the grooves worked much better, covering more area and giving me leverage to scrub into the corners of my pan.
  4. Less waste: The replacement sponge heads for this dish wand are just that — just the sponge. It attaches to the wand with strong Velcro. Most other replacement heads include a plastic piece that snaps the brush head onto the base. The Scrub Daddy replacements avoid this, making them slightly cheaper. And what’s not to love about that?

Do you have a favorite dish wand? Tell us your product recommendations in the comments below.