“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cleaning Sponge / Category: Cleaning Products & Utensils > Bucket, Broom, Brush etc. „
It comes to a pint where I jut find dishcloths too nasty too use even after soaking them in bleach so many times to be used on really messy course surfaces such as the oven, grill or the area in our utility room which is used for housing or drying the veg that comes from the garden, I find these little sponges do the best job at cleaning these areas. Especially when they go for average of 19p per pack of five.
The little sponges have a large section of white or yellow softer sponge on one side and a green scouring pad on the other to scrub tough cooked on sauces or fats that have dribbled on the bottom of the oven or grill.
Generally when doing the oven I would take out all of the trays and shelves in the oven before spraying with a Mr Muscle, close it all up and wait 40 minutes plus before scrubbing. I like the fact that these are a light colour as you can see how much grime and dirt you are actually taking off and since these are so cheap you don't feel guilty throwing them away when they become to filthy to use anymore. Though in saying that I can probably rinse them out maybe five or 6 times before they become to grubby to use anymore. I also think they do a better job than scourers alone since they do absorb any dirty suds or liquids you can do a better over all job of cleaning. They are also not as coarse or severe so have a less likelihood of damaging your surfaces
If your oven is in a somewhat decent condition you probably won't even use the entire pack either since they are quite durable so you won't need to buy anymore until the time after next which is pretty good.
Can't say I have had any problem with these overall they do what the say on the packet.
After seeing a couple of reviews of these scourers here on dooyoo, when I was last in Tesco I thought it was a no-brainer to stock up myself. I usually buy the 10 packs from a local bargain shop for 59p which I always considered a shrewd purchase, but these are even cheaper for what is a kitchen essential for me.
I much prefer using sponge scourers for washing up rather than cloths because they mean I can scrub at stubborn areas on dishes or glasses whilst using the sponge for the more general side of washing up. I also use them for wiping down my worktops before spraying them off, so they are multi purpose for me. The other main criteria for going as cheap as possible on these is that I consider them to be practically disposable - I may use one for up to a week, living alone and not having vast amounts of dishes each day, but for me, that's it. I think they tend to start picking up smells and even at my 10-for-59p rate it meant it was a very cheap decision to regularly use a new one for hygiene and cleanliness purposes.
So how did these super-cheap ones measure up? Well physically they measure up identically. They are the same size which is 9cm x 5cm and have a sponge about 2cm deep topped with a 5mm green tougher scourer area. In terms of usability again they perform just fine. The sponge is nice and absorbent yet soft for washing the dishes and the scourer more than up to the task for dislodging anything which has dried on. At the same time, the scourer isn't so tough and rigid as to be worried about scratching your crockery or cutlery. I think they're great.
In days gone by when I made scourer sponges last too long then I would find the scourer losing its power and even sometimes coming away from the sponge base, but in terms of how much these cost and how frequently I change them there is never any danger of either of these two things happening with me now, so the cheaper the better. These value sponge scourers showed no signs of deteriorating and I can't detect any lesser quality in them from other brands of sponges I've ever used. I'll definitely be stocking up again and completely recommend them.
I buy these Tesco sponge pan cleaners frequently, at least every 2-4 weeks. I use them for various things including washing dishes, cleaning worktops, cleaning surfaces in the bathroom and for cleaning specialist areas or items such as kitchen appliances and dog bowls. The sponge pan cleaners are the most basic sponge you can buy in the store and they are almost identical to the value sponges from either Morrisons or Asda. They cost 19p for a pack of 5.
They come packaged in a cellophane wrapper. The sponges are approximately 10cm by 5cm in size. They have a white sponge side and on one side is a thinner green wiry strip. The soft side is perfect for anything that's mildly dirty and the wiry side is for cleaning up tougher stains and grime. I would like the sponges to be different colours just so I can have two out at the same time and use them for different purposes without them getting mixed up. It's apparently unhygienic to use the same item to clean kitchen worktops to also clean dishes. So if I already have one of these sponges out to do the dishes and then get another one out to do the worktops I can't store them together.
The length of time one of these sponges lasts depends on what you use them on and the degree of dirt involved in cleaning. If you are using them on mildly greasy dishes with no dried on bits then they will last longer. Tougher things like burnt pans mean you will scrub harder and wear the sponge down. I've used these to try and clean my oven and gone through several in five minutes. They are no match for actual wire scourers or for more sturdy pan scrubbers when cleaning things like wire grills. The wiry strip becomes quite worn and fluffy after a very short period of time and is no longer effective.
You can use these with cleaning products in different ways. When I'm doing dishes it is easy to either apply washing up liquid direct to the sponge on either side or direct to the dirty dish. You can create a good foam if you apply directly to the sponge. I wouldn't say the sponge holds the foam as well as say a bath sponge might though - it seems quite porous. One thing I've noticed is that if you use a coloured cleaning fluid for things like all purpose cleaning then the sponges can stain with that colour. Whilst this doesn't affect the sponge's effectiveness it doesn't look all that nice.
I think these sponge pan cleaners are fine for short term use. In reference to good hygiene I actually wouldn't like to keep a dish sponge longer than I do with these, even if it had not deteriorated, so these have an acceptable shelf life. I do tend to buy them quite often but at only 19p a packet I think the price is totally reasonable. Ultimately I would suggest these are best used on dishes that are only mildly dirty whilst you should expect the sponges not to last as long if using frequently on harder to clean dishes. You can also use these on appliances and worktops with good results.
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Tesco Value Sponge Pan cleaners
I am sure I can add no more than the 105 previous reviewers of this exciting product but as I get 300 points for this and 100 points for my more interesting travel reviews I felt I would add my pennyth worth .
This are pretty basic sponges with a green nylon gentle scourer one one side. They are sold onky in Tesco being a Tesco value product and as a value product they come with no fancy packing and just wrapped in a crispy clear plastic covering.
The best thing about these little sponges is their price . I really still can't believe how cheap they are as they do a great job. I think the last time I bought some they were 19p for A packet of five and a packet of ten was 35p. Honestly you cannot beat that for value.
I use mine for washing up with as they give a bit of a scrub to clean off food yet do not scratch the surface at all. They are fine for using with no stick pans as they are really gentle. I do find that stuck on food in saucepans that are not non stick need a bit more of a scour and they get harsher treatment when needed from a Brillo pad or similar.
They are great for cleaning kitchen cupboard doors and surfaces and I even use them for cleaning the top of my cooker. They are not so great for the oven though and they are rubbish at wiping surfaces to get rid of excess water as they don't seem to absorb it too well.
I use then when decorating to sugar soap small areas and to clean the grease off surfaces prior to painting. I also keep the old ones handy when cleaning my floors as they will get any stuck on dirt off the floor which the cloth or sponge does not do.
Because they are so cheap I can keep one on the draining board for our dishes and one under the sink for the cat's dishes as I don't like to use things we use on the cat's stuff. My husband also uses these to clean his golf clubs which he does a few times a week. This again is a different one to the one for our dishes!!
They are about an inch thick so thick enough to give a grip and do the job well but not so thick that they are hard to hold. I find mine last for about two weeks before they get demoted to cat dish or floor cleaning sponges but it does depend on who id using them. My step son doesn't rinse off food bits and leaves the sponges full of water or in the sink and that does decrease their life as I hate smelly sponges.
We do have a dishwasher but I always have one of these handy and a general sponge for wiping surfaces too. I find the dishwasher is far too easy for the younger unpaying guest and it gets full by lunch so when he is around we wash up by hand!
I really can recommend giving these a go. I have found them just as good as they branded and more expensive ones and let's face it it is a washing up spongey scourer and nothing exciting. I would far rather save the pennies for more interesting things in my life.
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One thing I have never really bought myself is pan scourers and the likes and I have always preferred dish cloths and the likes though recently I have took to burning my pans when cooking more often than not so it made sense when I was on my local Tesco store the other day to buy some of these as they were so cheap and I though they had to be worth a go!
These come in a mainly see through plastic and easy to break into cover and then on the front of that packaging we are told that they are indeed Tesco 'Everyday Value' 5 Sponge Pan Cleaners 'Tested in the home and approved by customers' and then there are little pictures shown of pans and kitchen utensils and so on then other information listed on the other sides of the packaging includes being told where we can use them and contact details for Tesco are clearly given.
The Pan Cleaners:
Well what you get in a pack of these is 5 oblong and rather thick sponges which are a light lemon in colour and then to the top of each one a dark green abrasive layer which again is rather thick covers quite thickly.
You can use these pretty much wherever you like as they aren't to abrasive to scratch and cause problems and I use these to clean my grill, oven, hob, microwave, for giving my pans a scrub out after I have once again burnt them and even for removing stubborn food stains from my general washing up and worktops.
I really like these, they are robust and they don't fall apart on me and each one lasts me a good few days with using them rather often in that time. Sure my items I am cleaning do take general elbow grease and some sort of cleaning product but I find them really useful and for 19p for 5 of them they are such a little bargain and they come with a big recommendation from me!
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=Tesco Value Sponge Pan Cleaners=
These are from Tesco and they are from their own brand and from the Value Range.
=Price and Availability=
A packet of 5 pan cleaners cost 19p, whilst a packet of 10 is 35p.
The pan cleaners are packaged simply in a clear wrapper, and around the middle of packet is a white label which on the front tells us this us a Tesco Everyday Value (5 or 10) pack sponge cleaners, and has some pictures of sponges, pots, bobbles, these drawings are all in green. On the reverse are the care instructions, and warnings.
=What are they like=
Each pad is a rectangle in shape they measure about 4in in length and 2 1/2in in width, There are two elements to the sponge, the first (which is the largest) is a cream coloured sponge, and the other side is a thicker, denser dark green scouring pad texture.
-Washing Up- although you do need to be careful if you have a non-stick frying pan, as Mr Thrifty found out, he thought the sponges looked impressive, (they do, there more hygienic than the dish washing brush) but he never looked and cleaned the non-stick frying pan with the scourers and was pleased that it had never looked so clean and silver coloured it it's life! The air was a lovely shade of blue!!
-Vegetables- The job I hate is washing potatoes before they go in the oven for jacket Potatoes, these scourers do the job perfectly. (just don't mix up with a washing up one!)
-Cleaning the Oven- we have some paste that needs to be applied to the door and the inners of the oven and these scourers do the job perfectly. (sponge side only), and we found we use less cleaner
-Gerneral Household cleaning- Windows sills etc
-Once you have a packet your find so many uses for them, your wonder how you did without them.
Main Care Instructions=
Wet before use, rinse after use, and not suitable for non-stick surfaces.
=Value for money=
I have found them to be great value for money, once you have had the life from it, just chuck away and replace.
=Not as strong=
I will say there not as strong as a pack that you pay £1 for, but what I do is have a dearer pack, (put them in the shed and bring one in at a time) keep that for burnt saucepans or when I have made a casserole,) but for general everyday use the value ones do a good enough job.
I normally buy pan cleaners from a discount store such as B&M or Home Bargains, but even though my intention maybe just to go in and pick up that one item, I tend to come out with 3 bags full of completely unnecessary shopping. So this time around I bought Tescos budget version while online doing my grocery shopping.
Why did I buy them?
This is my preferred way of washing my dishes. When online with Tesco I found that these were very cheap: a pack of 5 is 19p but a pack of 10 is 35p. I opted for the pack of 10.
How are the packaged?
The picture on this site is dated as Tesco have rebranded and repackaged their basic range. The sponges are in a very simple clear plastic wrapper. All around the middle is a white label which on the front states what the product is ' Tesco Everyday Value 10 Sponge Cleaners '.With some basic looking pictures of sponges, pots, bubbles etc underneath. All in green.
On the back it gives directions of use, care instructions and warnings.
What do they look like?
Rectangular in shape. 4 inches long, 2.5 inches wide. Theres two sides to this sponge. One side is a cream coloured sponge which is thick and makes up most of this item. Quite soft but reasonably dense.The other is dark green in colour with a slight scouring pad texture and look to it.
Directions for use
Use for cleaning pans, plates, ovens, barbeques and washing vegetables.
Wet sponge before use. Rinse clean after use. Not suitable for non stick surfaces.
How do I use them?
I use them to clean anything that is in my kitchen sink: plates, cups, bowls etc. I tend to not use the sponge side as I feel the scouring side is much more effective in taking off grime, dirt and oil. The only time I use the sponge side is when I am cleaning out my multi cooker as its not stick, and the roughness of the scouring side can damage it.
I also use these sponges to clean baking potatoes just before I cook them and make baked/jacket potatoes. Very effective.
Ive also used them to clean the bottom of my sons trainers then thrown away straight after use.
How do I find them?
Considering the price of this item I think they do very well. They are thick enough to be robust but thin enough to be easy to use and hold. If your washing something which is awkward in shape these are reasonably flexible that you can move around it easily.
I haven't timed how long these last for ( each that is ) before I have to throw them away, as after awhile the scouring section does wear down and becomes thin and bald in patches, but I don't feel as if they need to be changed in short periods of time so are quite long lasting.
They are tough enough to get rid of old food on my plates/bowls etc, but not so rough they mark or damage them.
When Ive used them to clean baking potatoes, I don't find bits of sponge all over the vegetables and they clean them quickly, easily and doesn't require too much strength in the old arm department.
Would I buy these again? Yes I would. They are cheap, quite multi purpose and last a reasonable amount of time before having to change each one.
I have to admit to liking a bargain, i also have to admit I understand the necessity to pay more for quality products when required, but when it comes to things like sponge cleaners it is worth experimenting with price.
Unlike food you won't get sick if these value sponges are bad value, the worst that could happen is they will rip apart and need to be replaced. When you are paying 19p for 5 sponges that is a fairly easy gamble to take and being honest with you, after convincing my partner we should try these as we could always afford to replace them if the quality was poor, we haven't looked back and now use these regularly.
The Tesco value packaging has come alongway from the picture you see, now there is a lovely nuanced picture on the packaging of pots and pans, the wording has a lovely font and the product looks very nice. The packaging is made of polypropylene which can be thrown into recycling or the bin.
The sponges are actually yellow with a green top as is generally the way with sponge cleaners and I am glad as the white sponges here look awful.
The sponges do exactly the same thing as expensive rivals and for the price can be replaced much more regularly, the price per sponge is just under 4p and each sponge generally lasts us around 3-4 weeks so this is a good investment.
We cook a lot with woks and ovenware and the sponge has been perfect with both, it doesn't hold onto grease, doesn't rip easily and has proven to be reliable and excellent value.
This looks like the more expensive sponges it just has the 'value' stigma which can put people off. It does the same job to a similar level and leaves you more money to spend on the things you can't skimp on.
The sponge's harsher side, used for the tougher scrubbing is well put together and has stayed rough edged for over 3 weeks, the yellow side of the sponge hasn't stained or held onto food and still looks clean and useable.
This product is only available from Tesco, but similar products are available from other main supermarkets. If you can deal with using value products, this is a reliable and good looking option for sponges and is a wonderful price which means you can really stock up safe in the knowledge of its reliability.
I guess you can't really complain about these sponges because they are dirt cheap and it won't drain the bank because when you need to replace them. I have noticed though they do need replacing quite regularly. They're normally quite grubby after the first wash and seem to absorb all the mess they are to clean and end up a really horrid dark brown colour very quickly even though I rinse them under the tap after using them. The scourer isn't as good and the sponge itself is quite thinner than other sponges you can buy. I have ended up picking things of the plates instead using the scourer as it really isn't up to much. Despite all my complaints though I don't mind buying them when money is tight, but prefer to buy better sponges when I can. Generally they do the job they are supposed to do and are very cheap.
What can I say about these except what a bargain. I normally but my kitchen sponge pads from Home Bargains for 50p but seeing these in Tesco for 14p (at the time of writing) I had to try them. These are great value they work out at only 3p each, the Tesco ordinary brand six pack is 52p which are 9p each so quite a saving.
The wrapper above is outdated, now they're pictured with relevant kitchen items in green. Their new title is 'Every Day Value'. We're told that they are 5 pan cleaners and can be used for cleaning pans, grills, ovens and barbeques and washing vegetables ( I don't know about the last one but I suppose scrubbing potatoes with the scourer side is an option). They are also white and green.
As you would expect they're slightly thinner and smaller than their dearer counter parts, but I don't think that matters for the price. The sponges are about an inch thick with a good layer of scourer on the top- scourer being rough plasticy curly stuff used for scrubbing tough stuff of pans etc. They aren't shaped at the sides either like expensive pads but again I don't find this a problem- I don't even notice.
The sponges themselves are great little cleaners, they don't seem to fall apart, sometimes with loads of use the scourer comes unstuck and bits fall off, but not that often- in any case all brands do this eventually. The scouring action is adequate and doesn't scratch. I use these in the bathroom too and they're great, much better than a cloth.
I would say I change sponges every few weeks, these last the duration.
I regularly buy these sponge pan cleaners for more than just pan cleaning. For instance, they make nice wheel sponges for the car and also serve the purpose of wedging between objects. These are really "All Purpose Sponges". Their cleaning ability on dishes is questionable on the soft side but reasonable on the rough side. The soft side can't really remove stuck on dirt such as dried wheatabix even with the help of some hot water but the rough side handles this quite well.
The sponges do not have a great durability to them, particularly over rough surfaces. The soft side begins to disintegrate after a few hours of hard work and the rough side starts shredding the fibres almost immediately. These are quite cheap for what they are though and that's the point, you can throw them away and buy more, they are there for temporary use, and this is a hygiene thing too. i don't want bits of old shreddies stuck in the sponge constantly rubbing over washed up plates, i don't think anyone would, and thats when you get a new one.
It is a shame these don't come in massive multi packs like the other supermarket alternatives such as Asda where you can buy more and save more, but as a 5 pack they are ok for occasional washing up use and as i mentioned, cleaning the car twice a month. I normally use a whole pack of these each month.
They are easy to rinse and clean (up to a point) where you can remove most obvious dirt just running water on them then squeezing and picking dirt out. The less obvious dirt will attach itself to the fibres and keep getting rubbed around your clean items. Even if it looks clean and has not shredded itself to pieces you should change them over regularly for the sake of hygiene. They don't cost much and just come straight out of the packet.
I personally like these, they are a simple yet effective alternative to dish cloths and if you don't have the time of washing machine space for cloths these will eliminate that household problem altogether, and very cheaply. There is a landfill issue though so if you're an eco friendly person that will be for you to decide. I personally find them very easy to deal with and a sensible alternative. Don't expect too much from them when it comes to hard scrubbing other than washing up. These are cheap and cheaply made, you get what you pay for.
I have a few cleaning products that I always buy time after time, and these little value sponges is one of them.
The packaging has changed a little from the picture you see, as Tesco changed their 'Tesco Value' name to 'Everyday Value'. The sponges are now dark green and lime green, but the product is still exactly the same, and the price. You get a five pack of sponge pan cleaners in a pack. On the pack it says 'Use for cleaning pans, grills, ovens, barbeques and washing vegetables, but myself and I'm sure a lot of other people have found many more uses for these sponges.
For washing up, this is a great little sponge. It gets dirt off pans etc with very little effort, unless the grease or dirt is really bad, in which case I spray a little Cillit Bang and give it a good scrub with a scrubbing brush then wash with the sponge. I also use these sponges to wipe down counter tops, with a little kitchen cleaner spray, I gently use the rougher side of the sponge to clean up any dirt, and this leaves my counter tops gleaming.
However, for the most part I use these sponges in my bathroom, as the rough edge of the sponge when used gently, is great for cleaning baths, sinks and tiles, along with whatever bathroom cleaning products I'm using.
I also use them to clean up any spills or stains on my leather sofa, just a little water and a little washing up liquid and it cleans them up lovely (for those of you horrified that I would use a sponge and washing up liquid on a leather sofa, I have been doing this for years and it hasn't done any damage).
Before I discovered these little value sponges I was buying various packs of sponges that usually had around 10 sponges in them, and usually cost around a quid. So these are much better value, and just as good as all the others I have tried.
So, I buy a few packs of these with my shopping every week, and at 14p a pack, they are an absolute bargain.
I am very money conscious and consider that the cheap brands can often be as good and in the case of the value scourers this has been proved right.
Cost and Stockist:
These are from Tesco and are available from store or online and will cost around 24p for some reason sometimes I pick these up and they are cheaper!
The packet contains five sponges in and as far as I can tell the only difference is the basic packaging
I buy these but as they are not non stick I use them for cleaning rather than washing up but they are brilliant for scrubbing the bathroom and work surfaces I do not use them on washing up as they will scratch no stick surfaces. They are brilliant for getting into corners where the mop may not reach and as it is a sponge it is easy to manipulate in hard to reach areas I find these are really brilliant at cleaning the grooves on my kitchen cupboard doors.
I do recommend these as they last as well as the more expensive sponges meaning more money for more enjoyable things and would not hesitate in saying give them a go and you will be converted.
Not having a dishwasher I tend to go through quite a lot of these scourers and recently I picked up a pack of these Tesco Value Sponge Pan cleaners for the bargain price of 14p! I double took at the price which seemed insanely low but based on previous experience with their value range I figured would be perfectly fine. I usually pay around a pound for a pack of six from Home Bargains or the various pound shops.
The pack contains 6 scourers and they are a white sponge with the standard green coloured scourer surface on top, they seem a little shallower in depth than other scourers but measure the same in other dimensions. The sponge looks less dense and squishes more easily than with other scourers, I particularly noticed this when cleaning pans etc and anything which requires a bit more elbow grease to thoroughly clean.
In the main these are fine, they do the job. But for a couple of reasons I think I would rather pay a pound and get better quality. Firstly the scouring pad itself does not last too long before getting pulled and worn and generally looking manky, secondly you end up with green bobbly bits all over your draining board and around the sink when you drain the water, these seem to continually leave small green bits over most things they touch.
For a bog standard cleaning item these are ok but to be honest the difference in quality between these and the next range up is quite considerable and when you compare the useful life of a single sponge these look even less attractive. Not one of my favourites from this usually reliable range.
When it comes to household shopping I am always on the lookout for a bargain. I have, over the years, tried many of the basic or value products that have been offer. Some, I admit, have been awful but many have been real gems of a discovery and have over the years saved me a significant amount of money. One of my more successful discoveries was the Tesco value range of pan cleaners. Retailing at just 14p for a pack of 5 (that's less than 3p for each one!) they are an absolute bargain.
The pan cleaners come in a pack of 5 that are simply wrapped in cellophane. There is minimal information on the packaging which is unsurprising for a value product.
The pan cleaner themselves are quite thin compared to some of the more expensive products on the market. Each pan cleaner is rectangular shaped and also quite small, measuring around 10cm x 5 cm. There are two parts to each one - a soft white sponge which I use for cleaning cutlery and plates and a green scrubber part which can be used to clean more stubborn stains or burnt/dried on foods. I find that a new pan cleaner isn't as soft or spongy as a more expensive brand but once it becomes wet it does soften up considerably.
I use these pan cleaners on daily basis and have found them to be really effective. I use these both in the kitchen to wash dished but I also tend to keep one of these cleaners in the bathroom to scrub the sink. They hold their shape well and do not disintegrate even after using for a week or so. The white sponge part does have a tendency to stain easily which does make it start to look a bit grubby but this isn't too much of a problem as I do tend to change to a new pan cleaner every couple of weeks for hygiene reasons.
The green scrubby bit also does a decent job but it really is quite thin and not as rough or 'scrubby' as other more expensive pan cleaners. It does a decent job at removing dried on or burnt food but I think does need a little more elbow grease on my part than some of the cleaners I have used in the past. I tend to get around this problem by soaking the item that needs cleaning in some soapy water for a while, which loosens the dried up food and allows it to be scrubbed away more easily.
The green bit also tends to disintegrate quite quickly in that the sharp scrubby bits become flat and ineffective. This usually happens after around 10 days of regular use by which time I bring out a new cleaning pad.
Overall I am really quite impressed with these pan cleaners and have been using them for a number of years. At just 14p for 5 they are a real bargain and a pack can last me around 6-8 weeks which is brilliant. Recommended!