What Kind Of Cleaning Sponge Should You Use?
There are so many different types of cleaning sponges for the house that sometimes it you may not even realize that there's a better one you could be using for your daily cleaning chores. Whether it's for dish washing, wiping down the counter tops, or removing animal hair from furniture, we highlight the best uses for a variety of cleaning sponges, to make your daily cleaning tasks easier than ever before! Here are the different types of cleaning sponges and their uses:
Abrasive sponges are made out of an abrasive material, such as plastic, and are very effective for cleaning grills, some outdoor furniture and cookware. Because there are different levels of toughness, be sure to read the packaging carefully to pick the right one for your surface areas.
Cellulose sponges are made from wood pulp, and the small holes inside them help to absorb liquid and hold it inside the sponge for easy cleaning. These sponges work well on dishes, countertops, bathroom surfaces, and everyday spills. However, they can be difficult to fully rinse out so do not use them to wipe up raw egg or raw meat juices. A disposable paper towel is a better option in those cases.
Combo cellulose and abrasive sponges are popular and very useful sponges for everyday general cleaning. They will give you the benefits of both cellulose and abrasive sponges since they are two-sided. However, the abrasive side can come in different levels of toughness, and for everyday usage you want a non-scratch, low abrasive level.
A Dobie is a classic and still a popular general cleaning sponge for everyday messes as well. It’s a non-scratch cleaning pad and is also perfect for cleaning copper, non-stick cookware and china.
Dry sponges are made of a rubber mixture and are meant to be used dry. They are great to use on surfaces that cannot tolerate moisture and water. They are commonly used to clean soot from surfaces after a fire, such as, fireplace mantels, screens, bricks, curtains and carpet, and are great for removing pet hair from furniture and clothes. Also good for wallpapered walls and fabric window coverings. Once the side of a dry sponge is completely covered with dirt, soot or animal hair, you simply slice that part of the sponge off and you have a fresh side to clean with again.
The Magic Eraser scrubbers have been known to work like magic for moms. This scrubber is water-activated, so after you wet it, you’re ready to start cleaning. It works well on many surfaces including scuffs, crayons and pencil marks on the walls, counter tops, and much more. There are different versions available for different cleaning needs, but they should never be used on your skin or really glossy surfaces, like the hood of your car. Look for the kitchen version, which is great for cleaning built up grease, baked on stains, and tough grime.
A Wire sponge, also known as steel wool, is a bundle of very fine and flexible sharp-edged steel or metal filaments. It can be used for cleaning glass and porcelain because it is softer than those materials but is still able to scrape off deposits without scratching the underlying surface.
Microfiber cloths are made from synthetic materials so the fibers are much thinner than the fibers on regular cloths. They can absorb dirt and oil, but are soft enough that they will not scratch or damage surfaces in the home. They don’t shed, so they are great for cleaning glass and mirrors. They also make great dust cloths because they are electrostatic and naturally attract the dust. With the right stainless steel cleaner they are great for stainless steel surfaces.
Sea sponges are a natural sponge that grows on the ocean’s floors. Because they are truly 100% natural, they are extremely earth-friendly, and great for multiple purposes, including bathing and cosmetics but are also great for cleaning of all kinds, such as, dish washing, bathing and exfoliation, and car washing. There are many different types of sea sponges, some more hard, some more soft, so make sure you find the level of softness that works for your cleaning job.