My least favorite thing about hand washing dishes is having to contend with a damp, grimy sponge. Even with proper care and regular cleaning (I try to stick to the “1-4-4 rule” as best I can) I have to replace them more frequently than I’d like to, especially since I know it’s heading straight to the landfill.
So I started doing some research to see if I could find a better alternative, and I’m happy to report that my search was successful! Enter the All-Purpose Spaghetti Scrub, an environmentally-friendly and surprisingly sturdy dish scrubber!
This amazing scrubbing tool is made from all-natural abrasive peach pits (like the kind you find in some face scrubs), and each one lasts for months instead of weeks. One reviewer on Amazon even said her first scrubber was still holding up after 3 months!
Today I’ll be sharing some of my favorite features of my new favorite scrubbing tool, in case you could use a something like this in your kitchen as well!
4 Reasons The Spaghetti Scrub Is Better Than A Sponge
1. It’s More Pliable
The Spaghetti Scrub is coarse yet pliable, making it an effective scrubber that requires minimal effort. It’s perfect for tackling stubborn baked-on food bits, but it won’t scratch up your cookware—it’s safe to use on ceramic dishes, wood, plastic, glass, metal, and cast iron.
It’s also great for scrubbing awkward items like small jars. The thin, spaghetti-like strips on this scrubber can squeeze into every nook and cranny of whatever you’re cleaning.
2. It Dries Quickly
Traditional sponges made of synthetic materials can take a long time to dry, giving germs and bacteria ample time to make themselves at home (which is not ideal for something you use to clean your dishes!) The Spaghetti Scrub is made from natural materials and designed to dry quickly, making it much less susceptible to problems like mold growth and unpleasant odors.
3. It’s Better For The Environment
As previously mentioned, the Spaghetti Scrub is made from natural peach pits, and it also has a 100% cotton backing. This combination makes it durable, versatile, and better for the environment than plastic or synthetic sponges.
(Note: You can compost these scrubbers, but keep in mind that textiles like cotton may take 6 months to a year to decompose properly. If you want to compost them at home, cutting it into tiny pieces first will help speed up the process.)
The Spaghetti Scrub is naturally abrasive, which the labeling says eliminates the need for soap. (But you can still use soap with it if you want to, which is what I do.) One or two pumps of dish soap from my favorite foaming soap dispenser lathers up my Spaghetti Scrub perfectly.
4. It’s Cost Effective
One of the biggest complaints people have about buying all-natural, environmentally-friendly products is the price, which is often higher than their conventional counterparts. But thankfully, that’s not the case with the Spaghetti Scrub!
You can get a pack of two Spaghetti Scrubs for about $11 (or $5.50 per scrubber). Considering their lifespan, functionality, and other benefits, that’s actually a solid deal compared to conventional sponges!
How To Use A Spaghetti Scrub
Wondering how this strange, noodle-y scrubber works? Here’s how I use mine:
- Fully wet the scrub with water, roll it into a ball shape, and apply a bit of dish soap if you want.
- Scrub grime off of your dishes. (Bonus: The scrubber will get softer, curlier, and more pliable with each use!)
- When you’re finished, rinse the Spaghetti Scrub thoroughly and hang it somewhere that it can air dry completely. I use a Command hook to hang mine so that it gets plenty of air circulation.
- To keep your scrubber extra clean, you can toss it in the top rack of your dishwasher, or you can get it wet and microwave it for about 10 seconds.
So whether you’re trying to be more eco-conscious or just looking for a different sort of sponge that’s easier to keep clean, I recommend giving the All-Purpose Spaghetti Scrub a try for yourself! And if you do, be sure to let me know what you think! :-)
Do you have a favorite kitchen tool I should try out?