My Roommates Swear By This Adorable (and Powerful!) Sponge — And Now I’m Hooked, Too

published Nov 4, 2021
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We all know how it goes: You start stacking dishes in the sink, telling yourself you’ll get to them later. Suddenly, you have pots and pans in the mix with hard-to-clean baked-on food, and part of you starts considering whether you should move and never look back. And if you have roommates and no dishwasher like I do, you probably plow through sponges way too quickly. I thought I’d be shelling out money for sponges on the regular, until I started using the Scrub Mommy.

Whether you also lack a dishwasher and need to keep the plate-piling to a minimum or you just tend to let your dirty pots and pans sit in the sink for far too long, swapping out your usual sponge for the Scrub Mommy will quickly become one of the best things you’ve ever done for your sink.

While the Scrub Daddy is well known from “Shark Tank” and the Scour Daddy is an Apartment Therapy favorite, the Scrub Mommy is especially versatile for everyday dishwashing. It’s dual sided with a sponge and scrubber, perfect for vigorously cleaning plates with stuck-on food or gently washing your nonstick cookware. It uses the same temperature technology as the original sponge, meaning that the textured side firms up in cold water for getting off tough items. I can easily wash all my utensils, plates, and cookware without having to swap sponges or reach for the steel wool.

But what really surprised me about the Scrub Mommy is its resilience. In a household of four people who all work from home, you can imagine how many dishes we go through in a day. I noticed that we were blowing through regular sponges in just a few days’ time. Not only that, but the ordinary sponges sometimes held on to the food they cleaned off or were easily stained with sauces. The Scrub Mommy, however, holds up despite constant use, without fraying or losing its scrubbing capacity. It still looks brand new after you squeeze it dry and put away.

Credit: Erin Cavoto

I also appreciate that, similar to pop-up sponges, the Scrub Mommy is extremely absorbent. It holds onto lather much longer than a regular kitchen sponge, so you don’t have to re-pump soap onto it after washing every single dish.

Basically, if you don’t have a dishwasher at home, the Scrub Mommy is the one essential item you need. This $15 four-pack equates to $3.75 apiece, but you’ll be saving so much money since you won’t have to replace your sponge every week. I promise that when you approach your sink and see the little pink smiley face, it’ll make the whole ordeal just a bit better.

Buy: Scrub Mommy 4-Pack, $14.99