In general, sponges and cotton cloths make great applicators and scrubbers. You’ll also want something more abrasive, such as a scrub brush or scouring pad, for those jobs that required a little more muscle power. Remember, while natural cleaners can measure up to their synthetic counterparts, sometimes a little more scrubbing or a little longer soaking is required.
All sponges are not created equal. Some sponges are injected with poisonous ingredients to keep them from smelling musty. Seek out a plain cellulose sponge that does not make any antimicrobial claims. A better way to keep your sponge or dishcloth from getting musty is to microwave it for a minute or so after use, thus killing any microorganisms it may have picked up. You can also clean sponges in a dishwashing machine, along with the dishes.
The eraser-style sponges that are relatively new to the market are a great nontoxic cleaning tool. These sponges work by virtue of their micro-abrasive texture to seemingly erase dirt, grease, and even crayon from walls, counters, appliances, and other surfaces. Owing to their abrasiveness, eraser-style sponges are not recommended for surfaces that may scratch or dull, such as some metal finishes or glossy surfaces—see product packaging for precise recommendations. Eraser sponges can be used with just water or in conjunction with a cleaner (make sure it’s non-toxic!).
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