Eco-Friendly Sponge Cloths

Published July 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

Do thin, "eco-friendly" sponge cloths work as well as a heavy-duty kitchen sponge?

Overview:

Do thin, “eco-friendly” sponge cloths made from cotton and wood pulp work as well as a heavy-duty kitchen sponge? We tested two biodegradable cloths against a leading household sponge made of synthetic cellulose and nylon. Both eco sponges were far more absorbent than the household sponge. The two biodegradable sponges soaked up almost a cup of spilled water and 1/3 cup, respectively, while the household sponge picked up little more than cup. Both sponge cloths swept up a large pool of barbecue sauce from the countertop, leaving few streaks behind, while the household sponge mostly pushed sauce around. Another plus: Hot, soapy water erased all traces of barbecue sauce (including its sour, smoky smell) from the cloths, while smells and stains lingered on the traditional sponge. After multiple cycles in the dishwasher, both of the biodegradable sponges surfaced unscathed.

Do thin, “eco-friendly” sponge cloths made from cotton and wood pulp work as well as a heavy-duty kitchen sponge? We tested two biodegradable cloths against a leading household sponge made of synthetic cellulose and nylon. Both eco sponges were far more absorbent than the household sponge. The two biodegradable sponges soaked up almost a ½ cup of spilled water and 1/3 cup, respectively, while the household sponge picked up little more than ¼ cup. Both sponge cloths swept up a large pool of barbecue sauce from the countertop, leaving few streaks behind, while the household sponge mostly pushed sauce around. Another plus: Hot, soapy water erased all traces of barbecue sauce (including its sour, smoky smell) from the cloths, while smells and stains lingered on the traditional sponge. After multiple cycles in the dishwasher, both of the biodegradable sponges surfaced unscathed.

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  • Highly Recommended - Winner

    Skoy Earth Friendly Cloth

    When dry, this sponge cloth appeared flimsy and brittle, but once wet, it easily swept up spilled barbecue sauce, then rinsed clean in a snap. It is non-toxic, chlorine-free, washer/dryer safe, and can be sterilized in the microwave.

    • Clean Up ★★★
    • Effectiveness ★★★

    $5.99 for 4 cloths

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  • Highly Recommended

    Twist European Sponge Cloth

    This sponge cloth mopped up sticky barbecue sauce, rinsed clean with a little soap and water, and was easy to wring dry. It is dishwasher safe and may be boiled for sterilization.

    • Clean Up ★★★
    • Effectiveness ★★★

    $3.25 for 3 cloths

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