Easy Swap: The Kitchen Sponge
Why they need to go...
The Kitchen Sponge. It seems innocent enough and you’ve gotta clean your dishes with something, right?
Here's why I made the switch:
- It’s been scientifically proven to hold more germs than your toilet. Yep.
- They aren’t biodegradable so every one we’ve ever used is still sitting in landfills around the world.
- They are dangerous to aquatic life since they are made of synthetic fibers that pollute waterways.
What to use instead:
The Skoy is made from cotton and is long-lasting, easy-to-clean and will scrub off just about anything you need to. Throw it in the dishwasher to clean.
Bonus: they last FOREVER. My last 2-pack made it through almost a full year of daily use.
Making a quick, simple swap can make a big difference.
A general rule for regular, disposable Kitchen Sponges is to replace them once a week to keep germs at bay. If you are following that rule that's 52 sponges you're tossing each year or over 3,000 sponges in your lifetime.
Written by Rachel Blackwood
Rachel is co-owner of Gaia Natural Home. She's a certified Health & Wellness Coach and is passionate about coaching families making the transition to green living. You're most likely to find her at home with her family, cooking and hosting friends. She's a wife, mom to two great kids and splits her time between Dallas, TX and the Mountains in CO.