We cook a lot here in the SQ household, which means we do a lot of dishes. Thankfully, we do have a dishwasher in our current apartment, but many of our items get used (and therefore washed) multiple times before our dishwasher is full enough to run. We’re always looking for ways to reduce waste and we realized that our kitchen sponge game needed an overhaul.
In doing some research for this post, it seems sponges should be replaced anywhere from every 2-3 uses to every month, depending on how often you sanitize them. Our previous apartment didn’t have a microwave and, honestly, we weren’t great about boiling our sponges on the stove to disinfect them. We also didn’t have a dishwasher, so we went through sponges like woah - usually because they were smelly, but sometimes because they lost their scrubbing ability.
Over the years, we have used several different types of “natural” sponges or kitchen scrubbers made from natural fibers and synthetic fibers. We’ve tried using dishcloths in the past, but found that we almost always require something with more scrubbing power for our cooking habits. So, for the past while we’ve been buying four packs of Scotch-Brite Greener Clean sponges, with a undyed rough surface on one side and a beige sponge on the other. They were easy to find in our local grocery store or Target and did the job well. However, they come wrapped in thin plastic and are not that great for the environment.
Last fall, we started looking for alternatives that packed that scrubbing punch we needed, but were also environmentally friendly and didn’t come wrapped in plastic. That’s when we discovered the Spaghetti Scrub from Goodbye Detergent. When we purchased the Scrub, it came in a pack of two - one made with peach pits for more gentle scrubbing and one made with corn cobs for tougher jobs - and a stainless steel rack to keep them in. The Scrubs are made of cotton and polyester and look like sandpaper noodles. The description indicates that they will last for months; we’ve had them for over four months so far and they don’t seem to be showing signs of wear.
Since we started using these last November, Goodbye Detergent has changed the product a bit. Instead of having a gentle scrub and a coarse scrub, they now offer one that falls between the two - more of an “all purpose” option. It’s made of 100% cotton, rather than cotton and polyester, which means it should be biodegradable as well.
To use the Scrubs, wet them with water and scrub away - that's it! With use, they curl up, making them look a bit more like fusilli than spaghetti. After washing your dishes, squeeze the scrub out, then place in the stainless steel holder to dry. If needed, they can be sanitized in the microwave or dishwasher, but we haven't found that to be necessary.
We've thrown all sorts of dirty dishes at our Spaghetti Scrubs and they've been up to the challenge each and every time. We use a fraction of the dish detergent we used to use, which means we're using less plastic, since we're not buying detergent nearly as often (our adventures in homemade dish detergent were disappointing, sadly). Overall, trying the Spaghetti Scrubs was a successful kitchen experiment!
From where we stand, some major benefits of the Spaghetti Scrubs are:
- They require little to no detergent for use. The corn and peach cobs are abrasive so you don’t need a lot of soap to remove crusty bits from dishes or pots.
- They dry out very easily.
- They last forever compared to sponges.
- The packaging is 100% recyclable and included no plastic.
If you can’t tell, we’re head over heels for our Spaghetti Scrubs. When our current ones wear out, we’ll definitely be purchasing the new all purpose option - and of course we’ll update y’all on how that one fares when the time comes.
For those of you who want a close up of the instructions and materials, click here.
What do you use to wash your dishes? Traditional kitchen sponges? Dishcloths? How often do you replace them? Would you try the Spaghetti Scrub? Let us know in the comments!