Top 10 Best Types of Cleaning Sponges 2022

Sponges are good at absorbing liquid and dirt so there is no doubt that it would be a good cleaning tool but there are several types of sponges that can be used on different occasions. This is because there may be surfaces that cannot handle moisture or tough stains that need a rough texture to remove them. 

1. Cellulose

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Cellulose sponges have small holes that help them better absorb liquid and store it for easy cleaning. They are good for cleaning dirty dishes, tabletops, and any spills on the surface but they can be hard to completely wash so you should not use them to wipe any raw meat juices or raw eggs. 

Material: Wood pulp

Price: RM 1.30

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

2. Combo Cellulose and Abrasive

Combo Cellulose and Abrasive
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It is handy to have these types if you are always cleaning both smooth and rough surfaces with nasty stains because the cellulose can help clean stains without damaging the surfaces while the rougher mesh deals with tough dirt. For example, cleaning the interior of a pot with cellulose material and switching to the rougher side for the bottom of the pot. 

Material: Wood pulp, polyethylene mesh

Price: RM 8.94

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

3. Abrasive

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Abrasive sponges are good for cleaning grills and outside cookwares because you can scrub as much as you want without wearing them out too quickly. However, there are abrasive sponges with different toughness levels so be sure to always check the label before using. 

Material: Polyethylene mesh

Price: RM 5.98

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

4. Wire Sponge

Wire Sponge
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A bundle of flexible steel fibre that is made to safely wipe the dirt off glass and porcelain surfaces without scratching it because it is soft yet durable for longer usages. You can use it to clean metal pots, grills, and pans including other outside cookwares. 

Material: Steel wool

Price: RM 1.26

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

5. Luffa sponge

Luffa sponge
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This sponge is made from a Luffa plant in the cucumber family so it is very environmentally friendly. The natural fibres won’t scratch the dirty surfaces but they can perfectly remove those grimes and you can even use them on your skin for bathing and exfoliation. Additionally, if you buy them in full length, you can cut them into smaller pieces and use the rest for another time so it can save you money and make for a lasting sponge. 

Material: Luffa plant

Price: RM 8.90

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

6. Sea Sponge

Sea Sponge
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Mother nature has given us another natural sponge that grows on the ocean floor so it is incredibly environmentally friendly. The best part is that it is so soft that you can use it for bathing, exfoliation, cosmetics, and even other cleaning purposes!

Material: Harvested sea sponge

Price: RM 15.73

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

7. Dobie Sponge

Dobie Sponge
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This one can also be considered a commonly used sponge because of its non-scratch nature and useful cleaning for non-stick pots and pans. If you have some delicate China collection for cleaning, you can trust this sponge to get the job done and maintain the beauty in your crockery. 

Material: Nylon net, sponge

Price: RM 6.80

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

8. Magic Eraser

Magic Eraser
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Magic eraser contains a cleaning agent within its foam and is activated through the water. It can easily clean a lot of stains, built-up grease, and stubborn grime on countertops and kitchen equipment. However, you should never use it on your skin or shiny surfaces

Material: Melamine foam

Price: RM 5.00

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

9. Microfiber Cloth

Microfiber Cloth
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Although it is in the form of a cloth, its fibers are thinner than any of your regular cloth and can properly absorb oil and waste without ruining the object’s surfaces upon wiping. You can use it for cleaning glasses, mirrors, and porcelains including dusting

Material: Polyester, nylon fibre

Price: RM 5.50

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

10. Dry Sponge

Dry Sponge
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As the name suggests, they are meant to be used dry so it is convenient to wipe surfaces that cannot handle any extra moisture. For example, cleaning fireplaces and screens or removing pet fur from furniture and clothes. Once it is covered in dirt, all you have to do is to cut off that part and work with a new side to clean again. 

Material: PVA

Price: RM 5.57

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

How to maintain your sponge at its best: 

  • Wring the sponge dry after every use 
  • Use a hanging sponge holder to let it dry rather than letting it sit with another surface because it will absorb the moisture and germs that it sticks to. 
  • Few drops of a citrusy essential oil like lime and orange can make your sponge smell good and lessen germs 

All sponges work fantastically at removing stubborn dirt but you have to survey for the ones following the material that you will be using. For example, you can use sponges to clean the interior of a frying pan but you shouldn’t use a rough type that could scratch or damage the coating of any non-stick pan. There’s no harm in having a few sponges laying around so you don’t have to keep going out for more. 

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