Wow! I wish I had known about these a long time ago. I just bought them a few days ago and I really like them. It took just a moment to get used to. I put soap on one side of the sponge and the soapy part is on the opposite side of the sponge. Really it doesn't take a lot more so than a regular sponge. He cleans just as well for me. And as others have mentioned-you just rinse it off and it doesn't hold food or odor! I change my dish sponge every month and it's always smelly and discolored by the end of the month even though I wash it each night and soak it in a bowl of bleach every week. As I said I've only used it for a few days so I can't comment on the durability of it, but it is a pleasure to use and great to wash at the end of the day and see it clean without any food, suds, or smell.
I have been using the same sponge since NOVEMBER in my own personal home (it’s September!) Absolutely love them. STILL doesn’t smell, STILL looks brand new. I clean over 50 homes routinely in my area and these will be stocking stuffers to clients this year. Great product! Buy a pack and give them away! Best investment ever!
The scrubber is durable yet flexible, allowing me to scrub off hardened messes on pans from cooking or to get into the grooves of my toddler's no spill cups. Some reviews I read complained that it doesn't hold soap like a sponge does but I don't seem to have that issue. I agree it does not imitate a sponge's 'sudsyness' but it does sud up and the little soap I put on it lasts for multiple dishes before I apply another small amount. It rinses clean quickly and handles hot water really well. I took the scrubber a step further to see how it preformed in household cleaning other than the dishes. My husband is a mechanic so I took it to the bathtub to get the inevitable grease he leaves behind. With some hot water, soap, and a little bit elbow grease the scrubber worked great! Best of all I didn't have oily rags or a sponge that would never get clean again from the oil. The next thing I used it on was my husband's work clothes for spot treatments before throwing them in the washer. Worked great on the oil stains, didn't damage his clothing, and after a quick rise I threw the scrubber in the washer with the load! Came out clean and I let it air dry. The product is versatile and I can't wait to see what else I'll come up with for uses. The only thing I'll say is that I do not know the life expectancy of one scrubber yet, but of course like anything I'm sure it depends on how often and the purpose it's used for. Another bonus is it smells nice! Not overpowering but the light scent is refreshing.
I bought these sponges, because I really hate how often I had to throw out regular sponges. I would microwave them, wring them out, EVERYTHING to get the smell out and kill off most of the bacteria. I read a study that microwaving your sponge could actually help the process of cultivating superbacteria and that really freaked me out so I started looking for silicone alternatives. The way the sponge is made is really effective. You have a ton of crevices where the soap can lather and create suds and it's tough enough to fight any food on the dishes, but gentle enough to not damage any of the non-stick coating on our pots and pans.
I have been using this sponge, DAILY (we have no dishwasher), for over a week, and let me tell you, it is great! It is very durable, only slightly more slippery than a normal cellulose (or similar) sponge. I have been looking for a sponge alternative for a while now, since I hate the germs and smells that a typical sponge can acquire (even if you clean your sponge regularly, like I do, with BLEACH). It holds the soap suds very well, doesn’t stink, and has great scouring power, without scratching delicate surfaces (of course, you can’t expect it to scour off stuck-on foods without soaking the dish first). Food doesn’t stick to them either, like it does to conventional sponges, but if something does “stick”, all you have to do is add a little soap, give it a light scrub, and rinse it...good as new. The other thing I love is that water doesn’t absorb into it, the way it would in a conventional sponge, thereby inhibiting mildew/funky smells. I have also seen other silicone “sponges”, that are essentially a flat piece of silicone with bristle-type “nubs”, and read about how slippery they are, so when I came across these, I wanted to try them, and am I ever glad I did