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.
WINNER: Skoy Earth Friendly Cloth – Our winner is super-absorbent and easy to clean.
Testers’ Comments: 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.
Composition: Natural cotton and wood-pulp cellulose
Water Absorption: 1/2 cup
Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Price: $5.99 for 4 cloths
Where To Shop: SkoyCloth.com (800-990-4757, http://www.skoycloth.com)