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      10.10.2013 21:11
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      So much better than the Basic ones I used to buy

      I am always buying stuff from Tesco's, it's most probably my favourite supermarket. I work near to a large Tesco Extra and I am in there most days. I really do like Tesco's own range of household products as I find them excellent value for money and generally speaking they are usually pretty good value for money too.

      We have a dishwasher in our house but I sometimes prefer to wash heavily soiled larger items, such as pans by hand. I've used all sorts of scourers over the years but now I use the Tesco's own brand Fingergrip Sponge Pan Scourers. These cost me only 90p for a pack of ten scourers, which are housed together in a transparent plastic pack. The pack is easy to open and I use about one or possibly two a week. They are disposable and I don't hang onto them for long before throwing them out.

      I've used Tesco's 'ordinary' pan scourers previously, but these ones are different (and better) as they have shaped groves down the edges where you are able to place your hands when you use them. This males for a much better, not to mention firmer, grip. When scourers are really wet and full of soap they can become slippery and difficult to handle. As Tesco have made these with shaped sides, it means handling them is much easier and it also means that cleaning pots and pans is much quicker into the bargain.

      The scourers look much the same as Tesco's own range Basic scourers in terms of colour and the fact that they have a sponge base in yellow and a green wire top, but in terms of effectiveness at removing dried on food, there is no competition between the two. The Fingergrip scourers are slightly thicker and there is 'more to them' in terms of the amount of sponge and wire that's been used, they are fatter and bulkier and easier to handle and use and the grooved sides makes them perfect.

      Overall, I really do recommend these pan scourers. They are definitely very competitively priced and I wouldn't go back to using the Basic ones again.

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      23.09.2013 16:37
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      I prefer these to any other ones I have tried

      I used to use the smaller and cheaper pan scourers from the cheap shop until I found that if I paid about the same price I'd be better off as Tesco do them for only 90p for a pack of 6 scourers. These ones are so much better than the cheap and cheerful ones I was getting before because they are shaped in the middle which means that when they are full of soapy water and bubbles, I can get a much better grip and the scourer doesn't go shooting out of my hand. That can be so annoying.

      These come in a plastic pack of 6 and the pack opens easily though they do tend to drop out after I have removed the first one. The pack can also be recycled. They are yellow and made of sponge on the base and they have the green wire tougher part on the top. I definitely think these ones are better than the cheaper ones I was using as the cheaper ones would often go very small whenever they were full of soap. These feel more robust and they are easier to keep hold of not only because they are shaped in the middle to accommodate a hand, but also they are larger than the ones I was using before.

      I don't only use these in the kitchen, I also use a separate one for scrubbing out the fish tank and another one for when I do the bathroom. They last a while and little bits of sponge don't go dropping off like the cheaper ones do. They are really good value for money and I'd definitely recommend them.

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      24.07.2013 22:31
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      Good quality scourers with a great grip

      I use these Tesco fingergrip sponge pan scourers mainly for general cleaning around the kitchen as I usually use my dishwasher for washing the dishes etc. however as I like a tidy kitchen if there are any saucepans which won't fit in to the dishwasher I will wash them up in the traditional way, or my husband will wash them up in the traditional way!

      These scourers are currently 90p for 6 scourers and have been this price for a long time, making them 15p per sponge. They come in a plastic wrapper which tells you that they are ideal for removing stubborn stains from surfaces and display the words 'improved cleaning'. The packet opens easily at one end and does not rip completely so the ones which you aren't using are kept neat and tidy in the plastic.

      The scourers have a yellow dense sponge base and a layer or green wire material on the top. They have grooves at the sides which your hand fits in and you feel as though you have a good grip of them when they are full of soap or washing up liquid. You don't feel as though they will slip out of your hand when you are using them and my fingers fit perfectly into the grooves. They don't claim to be suitable for non stick items and I can't say whether they are or not as I haven't used them on non stick items.

      I use these scourers for cleaning the kitchen and use them on worktops, kitchen cupboards, the top of the cooker and the sink and tap area. I usually fill the washing up bowl with warm water and squeeze a small amount of washing up liquid in and swish it round to get some bubbles. I then put the scourer in the water and it does really absorb the water and the bubbles. I find that this is sufficient to remove general kitchen stains and marks with a minimum of rubbing. I then rinse the scourer in clean water and wipe over to remove any remaining suds.

      I also use them in my bathroom to wipe over the shower and shower screen as they seem to absorb a lot of water quickly and don't leave streaks. Obviously I use a different one to clean the bathroom and kitchen but I would say that they last a couple of weeks. I don't bother to wash or boil them as they are cheap enough to throw away so they don't seem to wear out but I like to change them frequently as this is more hygienic.

      I would say that you would maybe need a stronger scourer if you were using them to scrub baked on food or really dirty items but these do the job that I use them for effectively. I think the grip is very good due to the grooves in the scourers and this makes them better than plain scourers. I will continue to buy these as I do most of my shopping at Tesco but if there were some other scourers which were of a similar or cheaper price I would try them to see if there was any difference.

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      28.06.2013 00:06
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      Good scourers for the price

      Although I don't have as much washing up to do, as we have a dishwasher in our new house, I did my fair share in our old house for years, and I have plenty of experience in using scourers to get rid of those hard to clean dishes. Even with the dishwasher, I still wash pot and pans and bigger items, so I still need scourers. I frequently purchased these Tesco fingergrip Sponge Pan Scourers from Tesco costing me 90p for 6 which I think is good value for money.

      These scourers have a green wirey scrubbing surface with a yellow sponge base to hold whilst you scrub. They are a good size to hold and manipulate in your hand whilst you are trying to remover stubborn food leftover. I find that when you first use one of these scouring pads, they are very effective, and will lift food fairly easily from dishes, especially when they have been soaked. However, after a week or two, the effective of the scourer starts to diminish as they top wirey scrubbing surface starts to come away and then has to be thrown away. In saying that however, with a pack costing 90p for six, I think to get a week or so out of a scourer is pretty good value for money. Before I had my dishwasher and was having to scrub a lot more dishes every night I would go through a scourer at this rate, however, now that I am only cleaning a few dishes by hand, these scourers last me much longer and I haven't had to change my current scourer for well over three weeks so far, and it is still going strong.

      I try when I can not to use the scouring side on non stick surfaces, but unfortunately there are times when you simply need to scrub with the scouring side to remove everything and certain pans are worse than others.

      All in all, for 90p for 6 scouring sponges, I think these are a good product for the kitchen. Yes, there are probably scourers on the market that cost more and last slightly longer, but then you are paying for that. If you have a dishwasher and aren't using these scourers a lot they will last a lot longer and make for even better value for money. I will continue to purchase these scourers as I am happy with the effectiveness of them.

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      16.01.2013 10:45
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      Tesco Fingergrip Sponge Pan Scourers‏

      You would think that one sponge scourer is pretty much the same as the other but no, I am here to tell you that some are much better than others and these fingergrip scourers from Tesco's are top notch.

      I have used several brands of sponges over the years to do my washing up but these are the ones I use currently and probably will continue to use as I find them very well made and very easy to use and of course, very effective. The scourers are described as combining a special scourer suitable for removing stubborn stains from surfaces with a soft sponge for washing crockery and wiping work surfaces. Sounds like a normal sponge to you? Well, they basically are except for the fact that they have an indentation all the way along each side which enables you to grab onto them with your fingers tips whilst you have the sponge in the palm of your hand. I find this gives you a really good grip meaning that you can clean things a bit harder and the sponge does not fall out of your hands very easily which is nice. It's just a simple little design change from the usual sponges you get but it makes a big difference in my opinion.

      The sponge portion of this scourer is nice and thick and when you add washing up liquid to it it foams up well and more importantly holds a lot of the washingup liquid in it so you can do lots of dishes with just one squeeze of the bottle. The scourer portion is quite tough wearing and does not tear easily. Its really good as removing quite baked on food and you only need to rub a couple of times to get everything clean. One thing I would recommend is not to use it on non-stick pans and things like that as this make scratch off the non-stick.

      The scourers come in a pack of 6 and do last quite a long time. They are fairly cheap, I think a pack of six costs in the £2 region and I would definitely recommend them.

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      13.04.2012 15:25
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      A good cleaning sponge to use all around the home

      My review is about the non scratch version of these sponges.

      I try to use reusable cloths for cleaning and mopping up rather than kitchen roll all the time. I don't have a dishwasher and for washing up as well as other cleaning jobs I always use Tescos Non Scratch sponges. I prefer a sponge for washing up as I personally think you get more lather from the washing up liquid. The sponges cost just 90p for a pack of 6

      The packaging is simple, just a clear polythene bag, its not re-sealable but I do find the sponges stay put inside the pack as they packed in quite tightly.

      Tesco sponges are a basic yellow sponge with a white non scratch layer on the top. Tesco have changed the shape of these, rather than just being a block of sponge they are now shaped to fit your hand, personally I cant help thinking its just their way of giving you slightly less sponge for your money. Each sponge is approximately 10cm's x6cm's and 4.5 deep. The non scratch layer is quite course but not so course that it will scratch.

      I use these sponges all around the house for cleaning, they are ideal for just washing paintwork down, cleaning work tops and of course if you have a stubborn mark there's always the rough course layer to use. I like to use these to clean the bath and wash basin once again the rough side gets rid of any water marks around the bath without scratching it.
      Washing up is another job that these sponges do well, they hold quite a lot of water and make a lot of lather, I haven't had any scratches on my baking tins from them either.

      To clean the actual sponges themselves I either pop them in the washing machine, depending on what they've been used for, or I leave them in some bleach. The only problem with the bleach is it does make them go a nasty brownish colour but I can live with that.

      Each sponge lasts a good while, once again depending on what you use it for, but for general household cleaning the course layer will last a good 2 or 3 weeks.

      If you are looking for cleaning sponges with a non stick scourers then I would recommend taking a look at these in Tesco. Costing just 15p per sponge they are good value for money and are very useful to keep in the cupboard.

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      03.12.2011 21:56
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      Probably won't buy these too regularly

      We bought these Tesco Fingertip Sponge Pan Scourers when we did our online shopping at Tesco. They didn't have the ones were looking for and the site came up with these as a possible alterntiave. We decided to give them a go because at only just over a quid we thought it was a good price to pay for six of them.

      They came all wrapped up in cellaophane which was a bit hard to get out in my view, unless you had a paid of scissors or a sharp knife (or good teeth). One side is made up of the sponge and the other side is made up of the dark green and wirey scourer side.

      You just wet the sponge in water and you only need to add a tiny bit of washing up liquid and you will see that the whole thing just froths up aso that you are able to get to work straight away and clean those mucky pots and pans.

      They are quite hard wearing but not the best, to be honest. After a few washes we found that the sponge started to come away from the scourer and went a bit flat. It soon lost its ability to scrub properly and we found we were having to use more and more pressure to get the same result.

      They cannot be washed but we just soak ours overnight in the kitchen sink with a little bit of bleach and water and that is enough to keep them hygienically clean. You can only do this a few times though because the bleach will make them drop to bits even quicker.

      Reasonable sponges and recommnded though not the best.

      Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead.

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        19.07.2011 15:42
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        Good for many uses

        Not being a dyed in the wool 'Mrs Mop' type, I do try to purchase multi-purpose cleaning products, so I don't have my under-the-sink cupboard bulging with items which are hardly ever used. I like to be able to get my hands on something that works, quickly and not spend an age with my head banging the waste pipe whilst I search for my cleaning Holy Grail! And that is where the Tesco non-scratch fingergrip sponge pan scourers come in . . .

        These scourers are currently on sale at Tesco for 82p for a pack of 6. Not the cheapest sponge scourer - Tesco 5 pack of value scourers are currently 14p - but I think good value for the long lasting non scratch version. They come in a thin plastic wrapper which normally tears when you open the packet, so ends up in the bin. The scourers are loosely attached to one another by perforation on the scourer surface, so when you want a new one you just give it a little tug to seperate it from it's neighbour.

        As I stated in the beginning, I don't have a dazzling array of cloths, buffs, sponges, pads etc. My cleaning cupboard staples are these scourers, Tesco value multi-purpose cloths and a few micro-fibre cloths which I find cover pretty much everything I need to rub, dust, scrub and buff on a daily basis. Yes, I do use these scourers for the obvious job of washing up, however I also have one in each toilet/bathroom at home and use them to clean the bath, shower, toilets and wash hand basins. They are also put to use on a regular basis for cleaning my stainless steel range cooker hob and door, scrubbing my eldest daughters, wellies and crocs when they get particularly grubby, as well as many other 'scrubby' type activities around the house. That is a definite advantage of the non scratch surface - you can use it on a wide variety of surfaces without having to worry about damaging them.

        The grooves in the sides of the sponge do help to stop the sponge flying out of your hand when using it and the sponge itself is quite firm and dense which helps it last for a decent length of time. I regularly use these scourers with bleach based cleaners which are notorious for degrading/eating through sponges etc and they stand up to the onslaught very well.

        As with all non-scratch scourers, they aren't as good as the good old fashioned green scourers as getting to grips with burnt on food but I have rarely had a problem removing my cooking debris from pots and pans with these. They also don't fall apart and become full of holes like alot of green scourers. When they are nearing the end of their useful life, I find the scouring surface will normally 'bobble-up' and flatten rather than fall to pieces. I have yet to have a sponge desintegrate which shows how well made they are.

        In summary, I think these scourers are great and I would thoroughly recommend them. They are very effective, easy to use, multi-purpose & long lasting. Although there are simliar products which are cheaper, I still feel these represent excellent value for money for the above reasons. My Tesco non scratch sponge pan scourers will retain their place in my under-the-sink cupboard and continue to be used for a long time yet - 5 stars from me.

        Many thanks for reading.

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          06.07.2011 17:29
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          Does what it's designed to do, lasts well, doesn't cost too much.

          *This review is for the 'non-scratch' version of this scouring sponge. It is identical to the one shown above except for having a white scourer which is designed to be non-scratch instead of a green one which isn't.*

          For the most part I try to use things like micro fibre clothes in the kitchen. They're more environmentally friendly, and last virtually forever. I find them great for most things, but when it comes to washing up, I have to admit I like a sponge scourer to use. Over the years I've tried a number of different brands, these are my preferred brand because they last well, do the job I buy them for adequately, and aren't too expensive in my opinion.

          Product
          These sponge scourers are made of two parts - The first part is an oblong sponge - it's fairly firm, and is good for wiping surfaces when you're cleaning or washing up. On one side of this is a white plastic scrubby scourer, the scourer is of plastic design and is designed not to scratch as much as a regular scourer does. The sponge is fairly firm, and holds moisture quite easily as well as being good for holding washing up liquid when you need to give something an extra dosing of cleaner. The scourer side is great for scrubbing at the tougher dirt on pans and dishes.

          The packaging
          Like most sponge scourers these come wrapped in clear plastic to hold together a number of the same item. In this case you get 6 in a packet, and really there doesn't need to be any more packaging than this. It tells you on the outside what the item is, what its purpose is, and the brand (Tesco).

          Usage
          I use these as my washing up sponge and I find them very suitable for the purpose. The sponge side is great for wiping everything down and the scouring side for scrubbing dishes and pans that need a little more than just a wipe. I clean all my cutlery, crockery and other kitchenware with these including casserole dishes, saucepans and roasting trays when I do the washing up, and everything comes out clean and the sponges stand up well to the task.

          The finger hold in the side means you can grip the sponge quite easily even when it's got lots of suds in it, and I find that the scourer side of the pad does a really good job (if with the need of the occasional soaking and some elbow grease) at getting off even tough dirt that's been burned on.

          Despite what it says on the packageing , although you can use the scourer on non-stick items, you do need to avoid using it too roughly as it's still abrasive enough I've found to scratch the non-stick coating if it's previously been damaged. On newer non-stick items I've found it to be fine however.

          About the only thing I'd say against these is that because the sponge material is quite firm, when you first use them, they do seem to hold the suds rather more than I'm keen on - though for some people this may of course be a plus.

          Price
          These cost 82p for a packet of six sponge scourers. Now as this works out at just 14p per sponge I think its pretty good value for money especially as these do last pretty well.

          Value
          I wouldn't say these are absolutely brilliant - they don't last forever, and certainly not as long as say a microfibre cloth does. However, although I like to be economical as well as choosing products that work well, and aren't too bad for the environment as much as possible, I do also like to choose something that suits my personal preference too. These may not be brilliant for the environment as they do eventually fall apart and need binning, but as I normally only get through about 1 packet of these per year, I don't think they're too bad as that means each one is lasting around 2 months.

          Overall opinion
          I think overall I would recommend these to others as they are perfectly fit for the job they're designed to do. There are other cheaper brands out there, but sometimes it's worth paying a little bit more to get something that works and lasts well. They're designed with a nice shape that's easy to hold, they don't fall apart to fast, and they do what I require them to do.

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          31.03.2011 19:29
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          Decent product at a decent price

          I have long been of the view that the scourers from Lidl are better quality than most others, so we don't often try out any others if I am doing the shopping.

          Last week my wife bought these and although washing up isn't one of my tasks as divided within the household, I do from time to time feel the urge to have a good old scour, so I have been trying these out.

          We have had the pack for a fortnight now and are still on the first of 6 units in the pack. That's a good sign to begin with because so many of the cheap options seem to disintegrate after just a few scrubs. I particularly dislike those ones where the layers separate easily. These ones seem well stuck together and so far they remain bosom buddies, sticking together through thick and thin.

          Thicker than any of the value options in the major supermarkets, these also present a good surface area with which to scrub. Yes, they do have a finger grip but then most do these days - it's just a way of using less foam really and adds little to the scouring operation.

          In terms of how good they are, well, we haven't found them wanting yet, although it's been ages since I burnt any pans so it's when the going gets tough that these will really be tested.

          On the dark green scouring layer, the weave is a very close one and they do feel quite rough to the touch. A new one might make a good option for hair removal for your legs, girls - but probably not your bikini line (Yeowch!). On a more serious note, I would be careful about which surfaces you use these on. The pack details advise you not to use it on non-stick surfaces. I expect we have all swallowed a bit of Teflon in the past which has come off in the stir-fry, courtesy of an over-enthusiastic scrubber.

          Like most scourers they can be useful for other cleaning tasks and not just for scrubbing the pots and pans. I keep one in my car cleaning bucket for example for the wheel hubs, but they tend to be older ones which don't scratch.

          An interesting additional use listed on the flimsy packaging is for cleaning vegetables, which I guess it would be good for - new potatoes, carrots etc.

          I think these are really rather good value at 82p for a pack of 6 - that's 13.7p per scourer. It's still 6 times more than the value ranges but probably at least 6 times better. 4 out of 5 for me.

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            25.02.2011 20:10
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            I hate buying a number of cheap sponges for doing dishes and finding them wearing away really easily when trying to do the washing up. I do buy brillo pads for the more extreme of dishes but I use a sponge rather than a brush as I feel it is more thoroughly and really gets everything clean. I never buy a particular brand, I usually just buy what I can find but this time when at Tesco I did come across a packet of their own brand pan scourers and threw them in the trolley as there were quite a few for the money.

            APPEARANCE

            The pan scourers come in a cellophane wrapper and have 6 in a pack. They have a green label on the front and the Tesco logo. The pan scourers themselves are green overall hence the green label and have the rough part of the sponge in dark green. The sponges are very firm and very light to hold when first using them and they promise to remove stubborn stains from surfaces.

            THE SPONGES

            The first thing to cover is the quick health warning on the back of the wrapper that says to avoid danger of suffocation to keep the wrapper away from babies and children. The pan scourers are easy to use and can be used for cleaning pans, grills, ovens, bbarbeque'sand washing vegetables. They are meant to be very tough on stains and to leave everything in a brilliant condition which is a very big promise but I was willing to try these sponges on a number of stains.

            I took my sponge and wet it under the water and then added a bit of washing up liquid and got to work on my dirty pile of dishes. At first, the tough green top was really hard and wirey and really did clean a lot of the dishes very well especially frying pans and that sort of thing. The sponges really foam up when using washing up liquid and are easy to squeeze excess water out of and really hold in your hand to fit into all of the grooves in all of the cleaning areas.

            I did find that these sponges were not exactly great at cleaning everything it states on the packaging. They are good for surfaces and they do clean pans well which is their main area but I don't agree about oven trays as they are a lot tougher and babarbeque'ss well as grills these are a lot more arm work and require something tougher to assist with cleaning like a brillo pad.

            I think in terms of other sponges that I have used, they are really good and are not as weak as other cheaper brands I have come across. They are good on the first couple of uses but then the dark green bit on top starts to wear down quite quickly if you are using it on a lot of harder metal items like frying pans and that sort of thing. The sponges probably need throwing out every 3 or so weeks if you are using them quite frequently but in a pack of 6 and for the price this isn't really too bad.

            COST

            The cost of a pack of these pan scourers depends on how many you get, I can't rerememberow much I paid for the packet of 6 but on the Tesco website it has them listed as a pack of 4 and it costs £1.02 which works out at roughly 25p per sponge which to me is a bargain. I know you can get value brands for about 16p but if you want quality and to not be throwing a sponge out after a couple of washes then I'd say these are your best bet.

            For more information on Tesco and their products go to http://www.tesco.com and also you can buy these online if you do home delivery.

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