One of the small details I have long overlooked was getting a greener kitchen scrubber for the dishes and counter tops. I have just always bought the spongy ones with a scrubbing pad on the top that you buy in packs of 10. I usually went through them pretty fast because they got stinky and gross looking pretty fast. But I felt guilty every time I tossed one because there was a lot left and I doubt they biodegrade very fast… if they do at all. Not sure what they are made of but I highly doubt they are planet friendly.
A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon yet another great etsy store called Laksaware. The artisan sells some completely awesome crocheted dishcloths. I bought 3 and I have been using them every day and these babies will last a looooong time. Every 2-3 days I toss the dishcloth I have been using in the wash and grab a clean one. No more buying scrubbing sponges!
So do they work? Yep! They are abrasive enough to scrub dishes and yet soft enough to not causes scratches. They also get into tight places quite nicely. I can stuff one down a Popsicle mold and get it clean no problem. They are also made of 100% cotton so they are naturally made and completely biodegradable.
Another eco scrubber I have been using is the Loofah-Art Scrubber from EcoBags. The loofah is actually a plant so you can’t get more green that that! I have a watermelon shaped one and these are perfect for tougher scrubbing jobs and cleaning the kitchen or bath. You can also use them on your body if you would rather too. From the earth they come and to the earth they return… they are 100% biodegradable. They are a bit pricey though at $3.99 so I reserve this for when I really need it and use the crocheted dischcloths for most stuff.
My new place has NO dishwasher… well except for me. :) So far I am pleased as punch with these new eco scrubbers. I don’t miss my old scrubby sponges at all.