The Game-Changing $12 Cleaning Tool That Makes Doing the Dishes a Breeze

updated Mar 14, 2024
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angled shot of a sink full of dishes, with a drying rack full of dishes to the right of the sink.
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Here at Apartment Therapy, we love a product that does more than one job. Whether it’s the multifunctional Always Pan or a space-saving storage bed, we can’t get enough. One of our favorite brands for double-duty products that do the jobs right? OXO! And after editors at our sister site first gave the OXO soap dispensing dish brush a whirl a couple of years ago, it ended up topping their Kitchn Essentials: Tool Edition list. This dual-purpose wonder leaves dirty plates and glasses sparkling, with a built-in soap dispenser that makes doing the dishes a breeze. Essentially, if you’ve ever fumbled over a pile of dirty dishes with soap, sponge, and pan in hand, you’ll love how handy this tool is (just take a look at any of the 21,000+ five-star Amazon reviews). And, it’s only $12! Once you start using it, you’ll only wish you’d incorporated it into your dishwashing routine sooner.

What is the soap dispensing dish brush?

With the OXO soap dispensing dish brush, you can easily control the amount of soap used per dish. Just fill it with your dish soap of choice through an easy-to-use, anti-leak handle. One satisfied Amazon shopper writes, “You can fill it all the way up and when you are done, it doesn’t leak, the back of the handle never just accidentally falls off like the button did on all my other scrubbers. The button itself… has a very high-quality super-seal around it so that soap never leaks.” Plus, we love the money-saving cleaning hack of mixing some water in with your soap to dilute it and make your bottle go further.

Beyond its two-in-one selling point, this dish brush excels in both of the capacities we think are absolutely essential. It features coarse yet nonabrasive bristles, as well as a built-in scraper to unleash stuck-on bits. The sleek, oval-shaped bristle head (which is replaceable, by the way) makes hard-to-reach places (like inside blenders) easy to clean. We also can’t help but notice that this tool will end up clearing your countertop of needless clutter; with the OXO soap dispensing dish brush, you can keep the bottle of dish soap under the sink until you’re ready for a refill.

Credit: OXO

What Amazon Reviewers Are Saying

Average Rating: 4.6/5

“This is SO wonderful! It puts out just the right amount of soap. The brush is sturdy. In addition to some dishes that I don’t put through the dishwasher, this is also wonderful for cleaning off the sink mat… I am so glad I ordered it! (Maybe I will order some more for stocking stuffers?)” — Valerie

“A scrub brush is pretty obvious, but what really has impressed me is that the bristles seem really easy to clean. Everything just comes right off with water; dirt and grime don’t stick to it. The soap dispensing feature is great and is just a simple thing that speeds up the cleaning process. It fits well in my OXO caddy and doesn’t take up a lot of space by the sink.” — Jordan

“I don’t know why we didn’t buy this sooner. It’s so nice and much quicker to use on pots and pans right after eating so you don’t have dishes piling up or to use on items that can’t be thrown in the dishwasher. Super easy to use and works great.” — Riley

There’s no better time to buy this handy helper than right now — the longer you wait, the more you’re missing out. Trust us, once you realize how much easier doing the dishes can be with this compact OXO brush, you, too, will wish you’d gotten it sooner.