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Oct 3, 2010 11:27 AM

Dish Washing: Sponge or Brush?

As the title states... do you like sponges or brushes for dish washing? I used to only have sponges, but I now have both. I've started to like a palm brush a lot after using one. My reasons: (1) they effectively remove stuck on foods from dishes, (2) food residues can be easily remove from the brushes (Just imagine washing grummy oil residue, a sponge will absorb the residues and basically transfers from one dish to another dish). (3) they keep my hand relatively dry.

I will admit that sponges have two advantages: (1) they can get dish squeaky clean and (2) they capture detergent better -- a drop of detergent will last a long time on a sponge.

Still, I like the brushes just a little more.

What about you? Thanks.

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  1. Chemicalkinetics, the short answer is Chore Boy Longlast. I guess you would classify it as a sponge, but we have sponges and we have Chore Boy Longlasts, and they are not the same. (We also have brushes; we're omnidextrous when it comes to scrubbing dishes.) Two reviewers on Amazon (we are not quoting ourselves) seem to like them as much as we do:

    We have had a devil of a time finding stores that stock the Chore Boy Longlast; when we have had Eureka! moments of seeing Chore Boy Longlasts on a store shelf, then go back to the store a week or two later, they are gone and the shelf spot is occupied by some other product. We have resorted to buying Chore Boy Longlasts by the case, and there are some remarkably low prices out there that may be found with minimal looking if you are willing to devote a corner of your undersink cabinet to the unused portion of a case of Chore Boy Longlasts.

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    1. re: Politeness

      "we have sponges and we have Chore Boy Longlasts" Ha ha ha. It reminds me of many different TV commercials. Exactly why do you like it more than other sponge? It last longer? Or it holds liquid better?

      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

        Chemicalkinetics: "Exactly why do you like [Chore Boy Longlast] more than other sponge?"

        How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

        First, one side of the Choreboy Longlast is a very gentle rough scrubber, approximating the hook side of a Velcro pair. Unlike greenies (Scotchbrite et all), it never will scratch anything, but on sticky food it is as effective as a woven nylon Brillo scrubber. The Chore Boy Longlast is not the ultimate scrubber for, say, baked-on barbecue sauce; other techniques will be needed for that; but it is superior to a soapy sponge alone, and roughly equivalent to a sponge used with Bon Ami.

        Second, the sponge side of the Chore Boy Longlast is of a firmer texture and a thinner profile than the typical cellulose kitchen sponge, and because of that you can more or less dig your fingertips into the task as you can with a dishcloth; still, like a plain sponge, it absorbs and then dispenses dishwashing detergent onto the working surface more effectively than a plain dishcloth can.

    2. I don't like to use a sponge because they hold bacteria unless they are sanitized daily. I use a Chore boy golden fleece most of the time. It is kind of like terry cloth but with a coating. It softens with use. I do use brushes for bottles.

      1. Why do you have to choose one or the other? I use both regularly, often during the same dish-washing session. Sponges are for everyday dish washing, brushes are for gummy stuff and for cleaning gunk from between the tines of forks, and of course, a dedicated natural fiber brush is for scrubbing the cast iron. Oh yeah, and I use a different kind of sponge (denser) for polishing up my stainless steel pots with mildly abrasive cleanser.

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        1. re: tanuki soup

          I use both too. I am just wondering about people have a preference.

          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

            I agree, CK. I figure it's "horses for courses" :)

        2. A brush for most things, sponge for really greasy stuff, green scrubby for stubborn residue. I use an Oxo brush with a reservoir for dishwashing liquid.

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          1. re: silkenpaw

            I have three oxo palm brushes. I like them.


            I also have the Oxo dish brush, but that does not work well:


          2. I'm curious, Chemicalkinetics. Did you give up on the Jetz-Scrubz we talked about here:


            I'm still using my original one, four months later. I wouldn't say it looks like new; it has cuts in it from washing my knives. But other than that it doesn't look or feel as though it's anywhere near needing to be replaced any time soon.

            I said in that thread that I was using it for everything. Well, I've gone back to a palm-bristle brush for my wok and all my cast iron. It does a neater job of getting up the bits that stuck without getting greasy and gunky itself. But I use the Jetz-Scrubz for absolutely everything else. I used to have a whole collection of cleaning/scrubbing products on top of my sink. Now I'm down to two--one in a drainer attached to the backsplash and the other hanging from a hook above the sink. So much neater. So much cleaner. And both products last so much longer than all the other things I'd been using, it's so much cheaper as well..

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            1. re: JoanN

              What a coincidence. I was thinking about writing something about it.

              Jetz-Scrubz works fine. It does not feel like a sponge, more like a foam. Also, just like you, I have accidentially wipe my very sharp knives on it and the knives make several cuts, even I was very careful. I have also try to wash it in my washing machine, but after about 2-3 times, I notice that rough/scrub surface is starting to peel off. Very very minor, but I stop washing it in my washing machine.

              Yes, I also use brushes for my carbon steel wok and cast iron skillet. I think like all sponge, Jetz-Scrubz , is good for cleaning a relatively clean and smooth surface. A brush is better at removing crumbs and gunks. I may just get another Jetz-Scrubz and this time I will make sure I won't use it on my knives.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                I'm surprised to read that your scrubbing surface is beginning to peel. I've put my Jetz-Scrubz in the dishwasher three or four times a week since I bought it and that's not happening to mine. Wonder what the difference could be?

                1. re: JoanN

                  Yes, but washing machine is probably much harder than dishwasher.