Product Review: Twist Loofah Sponge

In The Test Lab

Name: Twist Loofah Sponge
Price: $4.28 or less.
Rating: Recommend*

We've posted about Twist's Loofah Sponges before but when I saw them in my local grocery coop, I decided to try them out. The packaging looks great and the sponge, even better. But how does it clean?

Nothing tests a kitchen cleaning product's ability more so than a holiday dinner. After 2 weeks of use, with the cleaning climax being Thanksgiving, my Twist sponge has been through it all: a stainless steel turkey roaster, ceramic Le Cruset bakers, an aging sink (much in need of refinishing), bread baking, cookie making and pie baking.

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Previously, I'd never used Loofah in the kitchen (only the bathroom). Free from artificial colors, plastics and chemical dyes, it's a natural fit for food safety. Twist's sponges remain unbleached, as found in nature, and biodegradable. The Twist Loofa has two sides (just like the Scott green and yellow sponges), an unbleached, undyed white cellulose side (softer), and a tan, loofa side for scrubbing.

Performance:
The soft cellulose side was great for wiping down counters, cleaning freshly used plates and glassware. When it came time to test the loofa side, however, for scrubbing pots, a turkey roaster, etc., it was not as abrasive as I would have liked. As you may have experienced, loofa, while nice and rough while dry, becomes softer and more forgiving when wet. Though it certainly will take on most cleaning jobs, I was forced to use a stiff bristled pot brush to finish off my turkey roaster.

Despite the Loofa's shortcomings for tougher than average scrubbing jobs, I'd still recommend this product. It comes in an attractive package (recyclable cardboard instead of the usual plastic) and looks great on my sink. For 95% of my cleaning jobs, it'll do just fine.

Technical Specifications:

  • Two sponges per package
  • Measurements: 4.3" x 2.8" x 0.8"
  • Biodegrable
  • Free of artificial colors, plastics, chemical dyes
  • Made from white cellulose and natural loofah sponge

*Our Ratings:
Strong Recommend
Recommend
Weak Recommend
Don't Recommend

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