Eco Friendly Alternatives to Sponges

Eco Friendly Alternatives to Sponges
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Hey, when’s the last time you threw out your sponge?
**SPOILER ALERT: probably not recent enough**


A recent study published on Scientific reports proved that your kitchen sponge contains more bacteria than your toilet. And what do you do with that bacteria-infested sponge? You wipe it all over your kitchen counter and inside of your fridge, and you bathe your dishes in its dowries. With that said, scientists recommend that you throw out your sponge weekly, and you are supposed to sanitize it EVERYDAY. I ain’t got time for that shit . . . and you don’t either! Which is why you need to find some eco friendly alternatives to sponges.

Most kitchen sponges are made of cellulose (natural fibres). However, the scrubby part is typically made of polyester or nylon. These materials are neither recyclable nor biodegradable and are made from nonrenewables such as oil and gas. Nuff said. Those sponges have a huge carbon footprint, and will sit in your landfill for centuries. Instead of contributing 52 sponges to your landfill every year, or bathing your sponge in intoxicating amounts bleach, how can you keep your kitchen clean without adding to landfills or using toxic chemicals?

Here are some eco friendly alternatives to sponges:


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Swedish Dishcloth

Image of a Swedish Dishcloth with beets printed on it, one of several eco friendly alternatives to sponges

A Swedish Dishcloth is made out of natural and renewable fibers • Biodegradable/compostable • Lasts 9-12 months

Does the work of 17 paper towels • Air dries quicker than a sponge (reducing bacteria)

A Swedish dishcloth can be washed in the dishwasher or washing machine up to 200 times!



Copper Scour

Image of Copper Scours, perfect for using with eco-friendly alternatives to sponges

Gets rids of any baked on food residue • Packaged in a paper box

Can be recycled once its lived a life full of pot-scrubbin



Linen Dish Rags

(or make your own from old clothes)

Image of Linen Dish Rags, one of several eco friendly alternatives to sponges

Machine washable • Replaces paper towels & sponges • Long Lasting



MYTH BUSTERS (sponge edition): I heard that microwaving your sponge gets rid of the bacteria. Couldn’t I do that instead?

BUSTED: Microwaving your sponge only eliminates the weak bacteria, leaving lots of real estate for the silverback gorilla of bacteria to spread its legs and procreate. **good luck trying to get rid of that visual**

Cleaning Brushes

Image of a Cleaning Brush made of wood and metal, one of several eco-friendly alternatives to sponges

Great for cleaning water bottles with a narrow neck • Ethically made

Made of sustainably harvested beechwood, metal and natural fibres • Plastic Free



Cleaning Brushes

Image of a wooden cleaning brush with natural bristles, one of several eco-friendly alternatives to sponges

Great for cleaning fruits and veggies • Ethically made

Made of sustainably harvested beechwood and natural fibres • Plastic Free



Now you may be one of those people who’s always used a sponge and has no interest in ever switching to anything other than a sponge. Don’t worry, I’ve got somethin’ for you too. If you’re a diehard sponge lover, then the least you can do is switch to an eco friendly sponge that’s made of all natural fibers with none of that synthetic crap. Here are a few eco friendly sponge options that are well made and completely compostable:


Reusable Cotton Sponge

Image of 3 eco friendly sponges made out of cloth

Mildew resistant, washable, hypoallergenic, made from recycled materials
machine washable • handmade in the USA



Plant-Based Loofah Sponge

Image of a hand holding an eco friendly sponge

Unbleached and undyed sponge made of loofah and cellulose
100% plant based


Plant-Based Sponge

Made from Plant-Based Renewable Resources • Scrubber Made from Walnut Shells

attached without glues, adhesives, toxins • quick drying to avoid bacteria




Most kitchen sponges are partially made out of plastic, which means they don’t biodegrade in the landfill. Yes is the even the “best kitchen sponges” you see online are not biodegradable. This is why switching to a cellulose sponge that can break down over time is a much more eco friendly and sustainable alternative to your current kitchen sponge. A plant based dish brush is the best option for washing your dishes. And it pairs great with a copper scour for getting hard to remove grime off. Likewise, a Swedish dishcloth is a must-have in your kitchen as it’s great for wiping down counters and cleaning up spills. And it replaces over seventeen rolls of paper towels, which is not only a great money saver, but also a big time tree saver!

Do you have any eco friendly alternatives to sponges that you use at home?

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