If you don't own Scrub Daddy sponges, you should invest in a pack right this second. The name always makes me laugh, but their effectiveness more than makes up for it.
Scrub Daddy sponges have a smarter, more optimized form of foam that cleans dishes faster and with a lot less effort (I hate when I'm doing dishes and feel like it's arm day at the gym—also my fault for leaving a plate that once held saucy lasagna for two days). The material is rough, but still soft enough to use on your nice plates and pans without scratching the coating—it's just coarse enough to dig into and dissolve stubborn remnants of food.
And unlike your standard sponge, the Scrub Daddy is temp-controlled, meaning, the foam is firm under cold-running water (to easily scrub off tougher jobs) and softens up under warm water. Plus, unlike a lot of sponges, these are odor-resistant, so you're not dealing with a stinky (aka, moldy) sponge. The Scrub Daddy (still laughing) was lab-tested to ensure that it can go eight weeks without developing odor, if maintained properly (i.e. washing it and not leaving it in dish water for extended periods of time). The sponge is engineered to dry quickly, which prevents that moldy smell.
Still not sold? One Amazon customer who left a review titled, "The scrubbing thingy to end all thingys," writes, "My wife bought these to replace the one I inadvertently threw out. She is once again giddy with the thrill of using these scrubby things. She hardly wants to use the dishwasher anymore. This is odd as I generally do the dishes. I use them on the pots and pans and they do a good job without scratching the surfaces. Easy to clean after I'm done. No smell like you usually get with other foam sponges."
Another reviewer writes, "They remove food off of dishes more easily than a sponge and I just throw them in the top rack of the dishwasher and they come out spotless! They never smell and always rinse out nicely in between washings." They also point out you can actually use them for hard water build-up on your shower doors: "These little gems even take off hard water build up from my shower doors! (I also use regular cleaners with them to do the trick.)."
Sure, sponges aren't the most exciting thing in the world to be adding to your cart—but you'll be thankful for your grownup shopping decisions when you have all that extra time for activities that are...not dishes.
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