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What's The Problem With The Humble Green Kitchen Sponge?

A recent study published proved that your kitchen sponge contains more bacteria than your toilet. 🤔🤢 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!. . . and you probably don’t either!

Now, most kitchen sponges are made of cellulose (natural fibres). However, the scrubby part is typically made of polyester or nylon. So what’s the problem with the humble green kitchen sponge? Just an FYI these materials are neither recyclable nor biodegradable.

In fact every time you use that cheap, little sponge you are accidentally washing tiny particles of plastic into the sea. This is because our current water filtration systems aren’t effective enough at filtering them out. The Chief Scientist for Ocean Conservation George Leonard estimates there are 1.4 million trillion microfibers in the ocean.

Whilst these multipurpose sponge cloths have been a staple in many European homes for generations the eco friendly or biodegradable versions have not been readily available in Australia until recently.

We love that they are;

✅Made from plants (70% plant cellulose and 30% cotton)

✅An eco alternative to synthetic fabric and microfibre cloths

✅Natural material printed with water based ink

✅Highly absorbent and quick drying

✅Biodegradable and home compostable

✅Dampen to use as a cleaning cloth or dry in place of paper towel to absorb spills.

✅Pop in the washing machine or top rack of dishwasher to clean as required

✅Based on average use, each cloth will last 6-9 months.

If you’re a die hard green kitchen sponge lover, then making the change to a sponge cloth could be hard. But do it knowing that your switching 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 cloth options that we use at The Sensitive Home that are well made and completely compostable. Check out

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