The Use and Cleaning of Sponges

The Use and Cleaning of Sponges

Sponges are heavy lifters when it comes to cleaning just about anything. We use them in house cleaning, cleaning up outdoor furniture, washing our cars - you name it. There are many types of sponges and cleaning items that are used depending on the size of the job and the material you are cleaning.

If you use or reuse sponges during the coronavirus pandemic, we recommend that they are washed in hot water and dried on the hottest setting after each use. If you use wire sponges, we recommend they only be used one time and then discarded.

In this video, we will introduce you to several different types of sponges and cleaning items and their uses. The video includes abrasive sponges, cellulose sponges, Dobie cleaning pads, dry sponges, wire sponges, Magic Erasers, microfiber cloths, and sea sponges.

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1. Abrasive Sponge

Abrasive sponges are made out of abrasive material, such as plastic, and have different levels of toughness. If you use or reuse sponges, we recommend that they are washed in hot water and dried on the hottest setting after each use.

Great for cleaning:

  • Cookware
  • Grills
  • Some outdoor furniture

2. Cellulose Sponge

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. If you use or reuse sponges, we recommend that they are washed in hot water and dried on the hottest setting after each use.

Great for cleaning:

  • Dishes
  • Countertops
  • Bathroom surfaces

3. Cellulose and Abrasive Combined Sponge

This sponge will give you the benefits of both cellulose and abrasive sponge since it is two-sided. If you use or reuse sponges, we recommend that they are washed in hot water and dried on the hottest setting after each use.

Great for cleaning:

  • Dishes
  • Bathroom surfaces
  • Cookware
  • Everyday spills
  • Countertops

4. Dobie Cleaning Pad

A Dobie cleaning pad is a popular general cleaning sponge for everyday messes. If you use or reuse sponges, including Dobies, we recommend that they are washed in hot water and dried on the hottest setting after each use.

Good for cleaning:

  • Copper
  • Nonstick cookware
  • China
  • Dishes
  • General cleaning

5. Dry Sponge

Dry sponges are made of a rubber mixture, with soap to keep the sponge moist, however, they are meant to be used dry.

  • Fabric curtains
  • Carpet
  • Wallpapered walls
  • Removing pet hair from furniture and clothes

6. Magic Eraser

The Magic Eraser scrubbers are water-activated, so they don’t need any additional soap or cleaning solution for them to work.

Good for cleaning:

  • Variety of surfaces
  • Scuffs, crayons, or pencil marks on walls

7. Wire Sponge

The wire sponge, also known as steel wool, is a bundle of very fine and flexible sharp-edged steel or metal fragments. If you use wire sponges, we recommend they only be used one time and then discarded.

Great for cleaning:

  • Glass
  • Porcelain
  • Metal pots
  • Pans

8. Microfiber Cloths

Micro Fiber Cloths are made from synthetic materials, so the fibers are much thinner than the fibers on regular clothes. If you use or reuse sponges, including microfiber cloths, we recommend that they are washed in hot water and dried on the hottest setting after each use.

Good for cleaning:

  • Glass mirrors
  • Areas that need dusting
  • Stainless steel

9. Sea Sponge

Sea sponges are a natural sponge. They grow on the ocean floor, making them environmentally friendly. If you use or reuse sponges, including sea sponges, we recommend that they are washed in hot water and dried on the hottest setting after each use.

Good for:

  • Cleaning dishes
  • Exfoliating
  • Washing your car
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