Taste Test

Wash Your Hands, Wash Your Dishes: Our Dish Sponge Taste (?) Test

March 21, 2020

We’ve covered a lot of stuff in our taste tests, from pantry staples to random-a** food. But a few weeks ago, we realized, hey, there are other cooking-related supermarket items we could (and should) be testing. People deserve to have the best things in their kitchens, and that includes essential cleaning items. So we’re extending the scope of our tests, starting with dish sponges—timely, given the current state of things (as of writing). Just as it’s important to wash your hands, it’s essential to keep all of your equipment and utensils clean; and we’ve found some sponges do that better than others. We tried five different brands from the supermarket. How do they compare?

Note: We tested the dish sponges on a large pan used to caramelize onions.

Cleans-Up

Cleans-Up’s dish sponge is smaller than the others, and comes with rounded corners. It’s shaped in a way that it fits nicely in a clasped hand (well, okay, that really depends on your hand). The soft side is very absorbent; while the green part—which a member of the team found hurt her hand at the start—is rough enough to take out stubborn stains with ease.

Daiwa

All sides of the Daiwa dish sponge was sharp, making it hard to grasp it. It was too stiff, so it didn’t hold liquid as long as we think it should’ve. And the rough part was abrasive, but wasn’t really doing well in taking off stuff from the pan. The sponge would also occasionally stick to the surface of what it was cleaning, leaving a bit of fluff in its wake.

Ever Clean

Ever Clean has the densest feel to it. Without liquid, it already feels sort of wet. Though, at the same time, it’s so hard and “there’s [some sort of] dust.” A member of the team said it “look[ed] like a dried-up Spongebob.” It didn’t absorb much liquid at first, and it came apart so easily after being wet. Although, it’s rough part did a superb job taking off stains; plus, the soft side became pretty absorbent after a few swipes.

Scotch-Brite

Scotch-Brite is actually the dish sponge we use in the Pepper studio. It’s very absorbent, so it gives you a great amount of soap to start with (it becomes very sudsy), and it takes off a lot of gunk from dirty plates. Though, we realized that the rough side doesn’t do as well in scrubbing as some of the other brands. It becomes as soft as the yellow side after a few uses, making it a bit difficult to use for heavy duty stuff.

Zim

There’s not a lot to be said about Zim. It seemed like an okay brand, but that’s exactly what it is—just okay. It doesn’t absorb as much liquid and the rough part is not as abrasive as the other brands. But it’s not terrible.

The Verdict: Clean Up

Clean Up’s fits-right-in-your-hand size and shape, absorbent nature, and abrasive rough scrub makes it an all-around great dish sponge. That said, we have to commend Ever Clean in this test. “It has the best individual components, it just needs a better glue [to keep it together].”

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