Sponges are money suckers, but you already know that. Within a month of unwrapping one, they begin to disintegrate into the sink. And that’s only if the moldy smell has not forced you to toss them.
Hubby and I tried to prolong the lives of our sponges by soaking them in a mild bleach solution. With days the smell had returned. We stuck them in the dishwasher but they came out full of water. We tried ignoring the smelly, disintegrating sponges but when friends came over we were shamed into replacing them. Quick, Ginna’s here! Put on a good sponge face!
Finally, I discovered a superior product. Trader Joe’s Kitchen Cloths. A pack of two is about $4. I have a blue one and a yellow one. Each is about six inches by eight inches. They stay fresh smelling because they dry so quickly bacteria does not have time to grow. When they get really dirty, I toss them in the laundry. Mine have a few small holes, but I have been using them for many months.
The best part is I haven’t bought a sponge in more than a year. I can’t even remember how much they cost! Money saver? You betcha!
Caveats: the only downside is the cloths have no scrubber. They are quite soft.