Your kitchen sponge does your dirty work for you, cleaning up everything from caked-on dish stains to greasy countertops. But not all sponges are created equal. From scrubbing power to scratch resistance to even eco-friendliness, here’s what to consider. 


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Sponge shape does matter. Rectangular kitchen sponges fit easily into your hand, and because they have corners, they easily scrub small, tough to wash crevices like fork tines. Oval or teardrop sponges also fit into your hand but are large enough to cover big surfaces like oven ranges and countertops.  

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lt’s important that you sanitize your kitchen sponges weekly. Many can be thrown into your dishwasher while others can even go into your washing machine (though you should launder them separately from clothing or add with a towel load). You can also soak a sponge in a gallon of water mixed with a cup of bleach solution for at least five minutes before rinsing thoroughly with clean water and soap to disinfect.

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The material a kitchen sponge is made from can make a big difference in your cleaning goals. Polyester and nylon are great for heavy scouring without breaking down in the process. Microfiber is long lasting, has antibacterial properties and won’t damage most surfaces, including nonstick cookware and stainless steel. Finally, there’s cellulose to consider. Cellulose sponges are plant-based and scratch-resistant and offer an overall eco-friendly choice.