Antibacterial Silicone Dishwashing Sponges (Pack of 7)
Washing dishes and getting your hands all pruny in the sink after enjoying a satisfying meal is basically punishment, and don't even get me started on that cringe-filled moment when you touch an unidentified wet food particle. Yuck! If you ask me, though, the worst part is having to replace your sponge All. The. Time. They get dirty and smelly so quickly, and it's even worse when you find little crumbs and bits of yesterday's dinner still stuck to the abrasive side. Thanks to this list of genius kitchen gadgets, I came across these Antibacterial Silicone Dishwashing Sponges ($13), and they've saved me loads of dishwashing frustration.
My mom mentioned something similar a few months earlier, insisting these sponges were better than the original, so I decided to take a chance. The results were pretty much instantaneous. Because they're made of silicone, the sponges don't tear or absorb any liquid, so they don't smell! Also, since they're so flexible, scrubbing the mouth of a water bottle or a narrow cup is no problem. Plus, any food particles that get caught in the little grooves can easily be rinsed away, and the sponges are dishwasher-safe, which makes them super easy to clean.
The sponges come in a pack of seven bright colors, so you'll have one for the counters, one for the dishes, one for the tables, and more. As one satisfied Amazon customer commented, "By far, the best part about this product is that you are not having a breeding ground in your kitchen for bacteria using a sponge. Once you use these you will not go back!" I completely agree.
The catch? You do still need a regular abrasive sponge to do any heavy-duty pot scrubbing every now and then, but 90 percent of the time, I'm still able to skip the lingering smell and soggy feeling of an ordinary sponge in my hands. Shop the colorful sponges ahead, then check out more of the best kitchen gadgets.