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So Long, Sponge! This Is The New Dish Tool I Like Better

Spaghetti Scrubber

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

Spaghetti Scrubber

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.

Spaghetti Scrubber

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.

Spaghetti Scrubber

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.

Spaghetti Scrubber

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!

Spaghetti Scrubber

How To Use A Spaghetti Scrub

Wondering how this strange, noodle-y scrubber works? Here’s how I use mine:

  1. Fully wet the scrub with water, roll it into a ball shape, and apply a bit of dish soap if you want.
  2. Scrub grime off of your dishes. (Bonus: The scrubber will get softer, curlier, and more pliable with each use!)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Spaghetti Scrubber

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?

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  • Jillee, when this arrived several months ago,, I was really unsure of what it would or could do…
    folks this is something you need in the sink.. works great,
    sheila in GA

  • Since the spaghetti scrubber doesn’t have a “solid surface” as a sponge or dishcloth would have, don’t you risk scraping your fingernails, thus damaging your nail polish? Or even with bare nails, it seems the spaghetti scrubber doesn’t offer a buffer between your fingertips and the surface of the dirty pan. I know you could wear rubber gloves, but you’re using it with no gloves and with your nice manicure. Just an observation.

  • Hmmm…this spaghetti thing is just too weird for me! Maybe I’m stuck in the dark ages, but I love my plain old cotton, waffle-weave dishcloths, and flour sack dishtowels. Same thing my mother used in her lifetime. I do use sponges, especially when I am washing pans that may have stuff on them that may discolor my dishcloths. They have a sponge side and a slightly abrasive side. One thing, I have never had an issue with my sponges smelling bad. Ever. I always use them with my dish soap and make sure I rinse and dry well, and the one I am using now, I have been using for about 4 months. Oh, I do wash mine in a towel load that is going to get some bleach and dry in the dryer!

  • Hi, Everyone,
    There is no need to throw away sponges. Just be sure that they are wet and toss into your microwave for two to three minutes on your highest setting. Voila, they are free of germs. Of course when they look too “beaten up” toss them, but mine last for over a year.
    You can, also, throw them into your washing machine, along with your towels or regular wash, if you use bleach, I prefer hydrogen peroxide bleach as it can be used with either all white or a colored wash.

    • Great tips, Carla. Some people may not take the time to do these things… and when you have other family members that don’t take the time or care, this is just another option. :-)

  • I quit using sponges years ago. Smell got to me first and then what do you do with all those used sponges. I knit or crochet cotton dish cloths. These are very sturdy, cotton, and washable. These can be used for days w/o any odor if you are reasonably careful to rinse out. Throw them in with towels to be washed and reused. Safe for all non-scratch finishes and any other finishes. I usually have to throw them away in a couple of years after they have more holes than I knit them with and; you can put them in your organics garbage, they are cotton!

  • The spaghetti sponge does sound like a good alternative to a regular sponge. I’m curious, however, as to why more people don’t use old-fashioned dishcloths to wash dishes and wipe counters. They work extremely well and are super easy to wash. Just throw them in the washing machine with a load of towels, washcloths, etc. And they last for YEARS, not just months. Just my old-fashioned opinion.

    • Rosie, I’m with you on this. No dishwasher, no microwave, no paper towels, and no syn fibers to gum up the oceans. Dish cloths and towels are absorbent and recyclable without harming the environment.
      Now if we could just stop the pesticides used in cotton production. :/

      Baking soda as an abrasive was recommended by the plumber because it is cheap, non-toxic, gentle, and a great de-greaser for both dishes/pots and pans but also in the pipes.

  • I’m still trying to figure out why sponges don’t last for you. I get ones with a scrubbie on one side, sponge the rest of the way around. I find they get that moldly smell when they’re allowed to dry wet. You can easily train yourself to squeeze the water out (by rolling the sponge up, then squeezing). I then place it on the narrow end, standing up, to dry. These two steps have resolved any of the moldy smells…absolutely none since I learned to wring out all the water and stand it on end to dry. I run it through the dishwasher, and presto – a clean sponge. My last one lasted well over six months (I recycled it for use in the bathtub.)

  • I discovered Trader Joe’s “Super Amazing Reusable Kitchen Cloths”. They come two in a pack. I cut them in half making 4 cloths. The are truly amazing. It scrubs, wipes, absorbs quickly and squeezes out easily….and dries in no time! I have tossed them in the wash machine. They are strong and last forever. I will never go back to a cloth or sponge again!

  • I’ve never seen these and where might I get one? PS I dn’t use sponges. I use the plastic scrubbies of all sorts and varieties and brushes. To wipe up spils I use the dishtowel.

  • Unfortunately, the primary purpose of a sponge in my household isn’t just scrubbing dishes—it’s actually used more to clean up countertop spills and messes. Sadly, the product must be absorbenct to meet my needs and I don’t believe the spaghetti scrubber fits that bill. Instead, I purchased washable and recyclable sponges that are also made of recycled materials. I can’t recall exactly where they came from but it was either HSN or QVC. I keep 2 out at all times. One is used and the other is a spare. Whenever I run the dishwasher, the one being used gets sanitized along with the dishes and I grab the other without missing a beat. It was a bag of 20 or more sponges and I still have half of them left 2 yrs later. They wash and keep in great condition like nobody’s business and are completey sanitized 2-3 times per week. When one does eventually start to come apart or stain enough to no longer pass muster at the Rhodes house—-I toss it into the recycling to move on to it’s next incarnation.

    I enjoy your website and your advice and have done for many years now. Thanks so much for the work you do!

    Pennie Rhodes

    • Thanks Oennie! You made my day with your kinds words. I agree that the spaghetti sponge can’t do everything in the kitchen. It could be used in addition sponges or dish cloths for different cleaning tasks.

    • They are great for my nonstick cookware. The only caveat for cleaning nonstick cookware is to never use Brillo or SOS, which are good for other types of cookware, such as Corning Ware.

      • Oh no! I would never use either of those on my corning ware. A bit of baking soda on the dish cloth, a bit of rubbing and voila! No scratches. Because “some people” cannot be bothered to remember what can and cannot be used with those tough scrubbers, this house is only using the safest ones.

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