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      07.11.2013 11:55
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      A cheap sponge that does the job

      Being a student, I'm always keen to pay as little as possible for my essentials. I therefore tend to buy a lot of Sainsbury's Basics, Sainsbury's being my nearest supermarket.

      The packaging, in the self-deprecating manner of so many Sainsbury's Basics products, proclaims that the sponge scourers will clean, with no added promises. However, there isn't much I want my sponges to do, other than clean, so this suits me just nicely. At 19p for five, it would be difficult to find cheaper sponges.
      The upper surface is the green scouring part. It is rough, but probably not enough so to damage any dishes. The packaging warns not to use it on non-stick cookware or delicate surfaces, but I haven't had any issues with it. The scourer doesn't tend to last very long, probably no more than a fortnight, but by then you'll probably have thrown it away for hygiene purposes, so this doesn't really matter. The sponge part is a yellow foam, but I tend to use the green scourer part, as I find the sponge won't shift stubborn stains! It doesn't absorb water instantly, so isn't great for mopping spills up, but when soaked, it absorbs enough to do the job. The scourer part is glued onto the sponge, not particularly well in some cases, but well enough to last for the amount of time I tend to use it for.

      The sponges are 5.5x9.6cm - small enough to fit into most nooks and crannies, but large enough to manage the pots and pans as well. I use these mainly on the dishes, but also to wipe down surfaces, and it performs this job perfectly well.

      Overall, this does exactly the same job as a more expensive sponge, but for a fraction of the cost!

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        10.08.2013 13:08
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        A great value scourer

        I have been using these scourer's from Sainsbury's basic range for quite a while now. Previously I used to buy Wilkinson's own brand but since moving home at the end of last year Sainsbury's is much closer and when I first saw them at the bargain price of 19p for a pack of five I thought I would give them a go.

        The packaging.
        The scourer's come in plastic wrapping which is white, orange and yellow on the front. The Sainsbury's logo is displayed at the top with 'basics' printed directly underneath it. It also tells you what the product is, '5 sponge scourers' and has a small picture of a sparkling clean pan at the side of the writing. On the back it gives some basic product information, usage directions, materials they are made from, caution advise and some brand contact information.

        The product and use.
        The scourer's are yellow in colour on one side with a green colour on top. The yellow part is the soft sponge and the green side is the scourer side which is much more abrasive, used to remove more stubborn food from pot's. Use like any other normal scourer by immersing into warm water and washing up liquid and clean dirty pot's. I must point out that these scourers are not suitable for non stick cookware and delicate surfaces as it may scratch and damage them.

        Price and availability.
        They are available from Sainsbury's both in store and on line priced at 19p for a pack of 5.

        My experience and verdict.
        These are great scourer's. They clean the pots well and last as long as any other (and more expensive) scourer that I have used. The bargain price of 19p for 5 is excellent value for money and I would definitely recommend these.

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        25.06.2013 12:17
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        Good sponge scourers that last longer than many pricier alternatives.

        INTRODUCTION

        Hubby and I split the housework: he gets the upstairs (bathroom and bedrooms) and I get the downstairs (living room and kitchen). Since I'm on kitchen duty I'm always looking for good cleaning products that don't cost too much, and since Sainsbury's is our local supermarket they're always my first port of call for such things.

        We've always bought our spong scourers in Poundland, thinking nobody could beat their price of £1 for 20, but then I discovered these Sainsbury's cheapy ones at 5 scourers for 15p and realised we'd been robbed!


        PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

        Sainsbury's value sponge scourers come in a a cellophane, heat-sealed package of five scourers. When we started buying them they were indeed 15p but thanks to inflation they're now more like 30p (so maybe we should go back to Poundland?).

        The sponges themselves are always yellow, and are the standard 4cm x 2cm x 6cm (rough estimate) size. They also have the standard construction of a thick, soft sponge and a green scourer surface stuck on top.


        USER EXPERIENCE

        I've been very pleased with these scourers. I mainly use them to scrub stains off the kitchen hob and to keep the sink area clean. The green part of the sponge is surprisingly long-lasting and can take a lot of punishment before it starts to disintegrate, far more than many other sponges I've tried (including Poundland's!). The sponge section is soft and absorbant and is good for wiping up the dirt the green surface has loosened. They also work well during washing-up as they can work up a lot of foam when squeezed and released in the soapy water.

        For fiddly corners I often cut one sponge in half to make two smaller units, and they cut very easily with ordinary kitchen scissors. The green surface doesn't loosen when I do this, which shows they are made to a decent level of quality.


        CONCLUSION

        Despite the recent price rises these sponges do continue to be good value and they do the job I buy them for well. Recommended.

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        22.03.2013 12:03
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        Great value re-usable (or disposable) scourers

        I used to buy my sponge scourers in the pound shop at a pound for 15 - 20, but even at those prices, Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers knock them right out of the water, at only 15p for 15 (so 45p for 15 and 60p for 20).

        I find sponge scourers so useful, and whilst I don't treat them quite as disposable, I do throw them away once they have completed a week in my kichen, or one particularly mucky task (cleaning out the bin, deep clean of the bathroom, cleaning the BBQ and so on). So it's in my interest to spend as little as possible whilst still being physically able to use the scouers and with Sainsbury's I think I have found a happy medium at a low price.

        OK, so your average scourer is a high quality fluffy yellow sponge with high absorbency with a green thick pad of scourer on the top, and even, if you're lucky, a little ridge around the edges, for your fingers. Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers don't quite match up to this ideal, they're thinner than average, they're magnolia with a dark, thin pad of scourer on the top. There's no handy ridge. But you know what? They're 3p each. With a squirt of Dettol and a scrub, they get my kitchen / bathroom / bin / etc just as clean as a more expensive pad, and there's less monetary loss when I chuck an absolutely filthy pad in the bin. That's not to say you can't rinse them out and use them again, of course you can, and for light kitchen cleaning that's exactly what I do.

        Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers are amazing value, you can't deny it, I've never seen scourers any cheaper and whenever I nip to Sainsbury's I always pick up a pack and they always get used. Overall I'm very pleased with them and nothing I can think of will ever sway me into buying the expensive versions of these scourers. They clean well, do not leave discolouration, do not leave scratches, and they last as long as I need them to. Overall I do recommend them highly - for 15p I can't think of a single reason to knock a star off. If you use brand leaders you might be able to make a few savings by switching to Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers and many of the Basics range the majority of which I've found excellent value for money.

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        16.03.2013 13:51
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        cheap sponges for washing up

        Doing the dishes is one of them jobs that everyone in my house hates, I like to keep these scour sponges in the house for washing up the dishes after dinner. I bought them in Sainsbury's and chose them because they were so cheap, I wasn't really expecting them to be that good of quality but was actually pleasantly surprised.

        The Sponges
        These sponges are soft foam on the bottom and then there is a rougher top to help with more persistent dirt that has been dried or cooked onto dishes. They come in a packet of 5 and are approximately 5x9cms in size.

        What I Thought
        I found that these sponges are quite durable and are really tough enough for my dishes, they lift most of the tougher dried on stains for cooking, but obviously they aren't as effective as brillo pads on my pots and pans. I tend to just use these on my plates and cups and ceramic dishes, and keep still use my brillo pads on the metal pots and pans.
        I like that these sponges don't break up easily and stay in tact throughout the washing. I change my sponges every few days, they usually need changed when the rougher side of them because to worn and soft to clean up tougher stains. I think at 4p a sponge, getting a few days cleaning from it is really good value.
        The one negative thing I have to say about these sponges is that they are a little small compared to other sponges I have used, they do not have the same thickness as other sponges, but I think that for 4p a sponge they are great quality and do the job just as well as other sponges.

        Price and Availability
        You can buy a 5 packet of these sponges for 19p. I think that this is a fantastic price as a packet of 5 usually lasts me just under 2 weeks. These sponges work out at just under 4p a sponge which is much cheaper than the other sponges I have seen on the market.

        Overall
        I think that these are a great buy and I will definitely re-purchase them in the future. I really liked these sponges, although they were a little small, I found that they were durable enough to clean my dishes efficiently. Also they are really cheap to buy and your definitely get your monies worth. Overall I would these 4 out of 5 stars.

        *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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        03.02.2013 21:57
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        Sponges that do what they need to!

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        Sponges are one of those household essentials that I - and I hope you - find it impossible to get remotely excited about. The only real pre-requisite for me is that they are cheap (and don't disintegrate immediately). So I frequently pick up a pack of these sponges when I'm in Sainsbury's. Well at 20p for a pack of five it would be rude not to!

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        These are, as you can see, part of the Sainsbury's basics range and come packaged as such in a very simple plastic wrapper that is easily removed. Inside are five sponges that look like your usual standard household sponge, except that they are slightly thinner. But at the price you have to expect that! So we have the thin layer of yellow sponge topped with the dark green scourer.

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        I use these for washing up, and also for cleaning the bathroom. And to be honest I really have no complaints whatsoever. I have found that with other cheap sponges the scourer section can sometimes 'flake' slightly but I don't have that problem with these. In fact I really can't fault them - they have worked fine for every job I have used them for. I find the scourer section is just fine for my everyday washing up jobs and the softer side also works for wiping down surfaces both in the kitchen and bathroom.

        For the price of these sponges I have to give them five stars. They do all the jobs I need them to and I haven't had any problems at all with them. In fact I now resent it if I end up having to buy more expensive sponges for some reason!

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        11.10.2012 08:26
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        An excellent basics wash up sponge from Sainsburys

        As I consider myself to be a savvy shopper I am always on the lookout for a bargain and will frequently try and test out value or basic products. When it comes to washing up sponges I cannot admit to being loyal to any brand as they all generally tend to carry out the same job with the exception of a few inferior ones that I picked up from a pound shop. I would previously purchase a pack of 16 (I think) sponges from Home Bargains for £1, but earlier this year when I spotted Sainsbury's Basic 5 Sponge Scourers I thought I'd give them a try and this review discusses my thoughts.

        The yellow sponges are presented in transparent plastic packaging, which is considerably flimsy and as a result, I find that after removing one of the sponges, those that remain tend to fall out as the plastic easily tears. Consequently, I store the remaining sponges in a large food bag and bin the packaging with the normal household waste, as unfortunately, it cannot be recycled. Considering the sponges belong to the Sainsbury's Basics range they are fairly large in size with their approximate measurements of 5½ cm in width, 10 cm in length and 2½ in depth.

        In terms of performance, the green coloured scouring section, which measures approximately half a centimetre in depth is firmly attached to the sponge and offers a rough texture to enable dirty dishes to be cleaned with ease. When I make a comparison with the inferior ones that I picked up from a pound store, I do not find the sponges resembling a flat pancake when wet, as they retain their shape as well as being absorbent. The sponges are effective at removing stubborn bits of food from dishes and pans although I find that after a few weeks or so, the scouring section begins to detach itself in addition to the fact that tiny green fragments begin to disperse. It is at this point that they are relegated to the bathroom for cleaning the inside of the loo where I cut them in half and discard after one use.

        I also use value and basic sponges for cleaning the bath tub and sink where I alternate between several different stores and I have found very little comparison between each of the brands. I find each of the sponges will last approximately three to four weeks for bathroom use after which tiny fragments will disperse over my bathroom fittings, particularly around areas such as the base of the taps.

        I think these scouring sponges are excellent value for money as I find a pack will last me a few months in both the kitchen and bathroom. As these areas of our homes are well known for harbouring germs I do not want to be using a single sponge or cloth for longer than a few weeks, so I see no reason to be forking out for top branded products. At just 14p per pack I really cannot complain and have no hesitation in making a recommendation.

        I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.

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          10.10.2012 18:37
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          These are great even if the scourer isn't as lasting as dearer ones

          I was in Sainsburys not long ago and was impressed by all their 'Basic' range stuff, being Sainsburys I thought it must be good because it is one of the dearer supermarkets which I normally avoid. Anyway I went to town with it all and only bought Basic's. They've been hit and miss but these pan sponges have been more of a hit. They cost me 14p for five, the next ones up were Sainsburys own brand at 50p for three grip side ones, so quite a bargain.

          They come in a pack of five wrapped in clear plastic, the wrapper has a white and orange label and says ' Basics 5 Sponge Scourers that clean with no added promises'. They' re easy to open and I manage to keep the remainder in the pack without it ripping.

          The sponges themselves are rectangular yellow sponges with straight sides, I don't care that they haven't got 'grip' sides (grooves down the side to make them easier to hold) as grip sides don't make them easier to hold anyway. On the top is a layer of green scourer, harsh curly plasticcy stuff for scrubbing burnt on and difficult to remove food from pans. This is great for other stubborn messes on my worktop for example. I wouldn't use them on anything delicate or non- stick though as it would probably scratch it off. The sponges are only small maybe an inch or so thick.

          Mainly I use one of these to do the dishes and use both sides of the sponge, it does a good job on the saucepans and worktops. I clean tough burnt on food from my hob and the scourer hasn't damaged it, normally I squirt washing up liquid neat onto the sponge for this job. I give the cupboards a wipe down and they come up nice with just the sponge side. I have used these in the bathroom too and they're great for the bath.

          A sponge will last a couple of weeks with normal use before the scourer comes completely off, after a week the scourer starts to peel off and I end up picking bits off, but that's a universal problem with these things and I suppose they are meant to be disposable. I do sometimes put them in the washing machine and they come out okay.

          These are smaller and thinner than usual kitchen sponges but that's not a problem. The scourer top doesn't last as long either but that's reflected in the price.

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          01.10.2012 05:52
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          Great value

          I buy these scourers regularly when I shop in Sainsburys. When I do remember to buy scourers I usually buy 2 or 3 packets because I always seem to forget them when shopping! I have just finished two packs of these scourers and I believe they cost me 14p per pack of 5 which in my opinion is a bit of a bargain because the leading brand often charge £1 for just two sponges.

          The pack is pretty much identical to the one shown above. You have 5 sponges lined up, each sponge is yellow with a green scourer side. The wrapping is the thin plastic kind which is not resealable and there is the usual white and orange basics branding.

          I use these scourers for a few jobs. Primarily I use them for washing up. I find these do a good job when washing up. They are thinner than other brands and don't have a hand grip but I find that this is fine. I also find the scourer bit works very well. I'm a nightmare for letting food dry on saucepans before thinking about washing them up and these remove food quite easily. I say quite because it isn't super fast and easy. You have to put some work in too but the cleaning quality of these I don't find dissimilar to the leading brands.

          I also use these when there is a stain on the carpet. I find the scourer side really good for helping me to get into the pile of the carpet and remove everything.

          I find the longevity of these is actually very good. To my surprise, I find that these actually last better for washing up than the Spontex brand because within a day or so I have found that the Spontex starts to leave green fluff in my washing up bowl from the scourer.

          I really like these sponge scourers and will continue to buy them when shopping in Sainsburys. I believe that they represent very good value for money and at less than 3p a sponge you can use them around the house regularly and not worry about the cost.

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          30.09.2012 10:38
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          Good for your washing up and even better for your purse.

          I have a small flat and my kitchen is even tinier. I have no room for a dishwasher and so have no alternative but to do my washing up old school in the sink. On the upside that does mean that I save myself the cost of a dishwasher which would rapidly limescale up and the cost of dishwasher tablets. The downside being that I have to do all my scrubbing myself and buy the tools to do it.

          These do the job and at an amazingly cheap price of 14 pence for five scourers. They don't fall to pieces in days either. Now that's what I call value for money.

          They are made of the usual man-made sponge with a dark green scrubbing surface. Use them wet with washing up liquid in the basin and they will not let you down. As they are sponge they are very flexible so you can get them to the bottom of tall glassware and really get them clean.

          The packaging says that they are not suitable for non-stick cookware but I use them on mine and have not taken the non-stick layer off my pots and pans. I am careful when washing non-stick products but with that care I get clean frying pans and get to keep down the number of cleaning implements which have to live in the sparse space under and by my sink.

          Delicate surfaces are another area which the packaging says this product does not do. It does, at least it has managed when washing my collection of antique seaside pottery, which is a good job, as they live on the window ledge in Central London and have to be cleaned often or the pollution builds up on them and they look awful. These scrubbers do clean off those horrible black smuts produced by diesel vehicles and which gets in via the window.

          I do tend to use the soak and sponge side approach for delicates and non-stick and not the scrubbing side but it works - and works cheaply.

          The scrubbing side comes into its own when clearing plates of dried in food, grill pans of burnt in bacon grease and getting coffee mugs sparkling. These products manage all of these things.

          And they do a very fine job on baths and sinks too with the appropriate cleaning products.

          The packaging is simple plastic film which takes up little space in the rubbish bin or landfill.

          A value for money staple cleaning product.

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            06.08.2012 11:17
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            A good product

            After moving in with my boyfriend for the summer, it means I have had to leave behind my beloved Asda and rely on Sainsbury's for my shopping needs. Changing supermarkets means having to change all of the general things I would buy like cleaning and household products. One of the first things we needed was cleaning sponges.

            == Price ==
            Although sponge scourers are generally quite cheap, I wasn't expecting them to be only 14p from Sainsbury's. I always had it in my head that this supermarket was more expensive than other so was prepared to end up paying more for everything. For 14p, you get 5 sponge scourers which I didn't mind paying even if they turned out to be rubbish. 14p is hardly a waste if you get a good product in the end.

            == Packaging ==
            The 5 sponges come lined up in a clear, plastic packet. The front of the packaging is quite plain apart from the white and orange writing which explains what the product is. The packet has a picture of a pan on the front which explains that these can be used for cleaning kitchen cookware. The back of the packaging has contact information for Sainsbury's but not much more. The packet tears open very easily at either end but does not tear so easily that the packaging gets destroyed. Like most supermarket own brand packaging, this is quite plain but that's what makes the product cheaper.

            == The sponges ==
            The sponges are made from a yellow sponge with a green scourer pad at the top, very similar to any scourer sponge you will find elsewhere. The sponges are quite small and not as large as some of the more expensive versions of the same product although I don't think you need these to be too big anyway.

            Generally, I use these for cleaning the kitchen and for doing the washing up with so my needs for the sponges aren't too great. It isn't often that I burn anything in a pan so badly that I cannot get it off and for this, I use a metal scourer anyway. The sponge side of this product cleans any normal washing up like plates of cutlery well without having to scrub too hard while the scourer side does take off any stuck on food quite easily. The scourer side to this product is stuck on firmly and I have never had it come away from the sponge which means you can scrub quite hard with it if you need to.

            These sponge scourers aren't made for anything heavy duty so if you attempt to use them for this kind of thing, you will probably find that they don't last very long at all. However, if you only use them for washing up and cleaning kitchen surfaces like me then 14p for 5 sponges is fantastic value for money. This is a product which I will happily buy from Sainsbury's again.

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            05.01.2012 17:22
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            A really helpful kitchen product and oh so cheap!

            Just before New Year I knew my mate was popping into Sainsbury's to get us a few bits and pieces to nibble on for New Years Eve at mine and I asked her whilst she was in Sainsbury's to grab me a pack of cheapo sponge scourers. Me, I need them as I burn everything within sight and that evening I asked her I had badly burnt one of my pans with rice I couldn't dig off and my hob was a horrific mess!

            I was glad when she came round with a pack of five of these and even more happy when she offered to help me clean my disgraceful kitchen believe me lol!

            The Packaging:

            These come lined up in (5) a see through packet and on the front of that in white and bright orange writing we are told that they are indeed Sainsbury's 'Basics' 5 Sponge Scourers and there is a picture scribbled on of a pan and then on the back of the pack we are basically given contact details for Sainsburys. The plastic tears off easily though of course does look cheap which most value style of products from stores do look like!

            The Scourers:

            Well most of it is yellow and thickish sponge and then you get a thinnish layer of dark green and slightly abrasive scourer to one side of it. They are are small and oblong in shape and although smaller than much higher priced pads I have purchased in the past they are actually rather good.

            Not suitbale for none stick or delicate surfaces these are great for me and my needs. On my hob I simply use a kitchen spray cleaner and use this to wipe away the debris with and rinse it under the tap when I've finished with it. For pots and pans and baked on food on plates and the likes I use the scourer side which as I have already pointed out is a little rough and works very well and doesn't prize itself off the sponge or anything adverse like that at all.

            Ok one of these isn't going to last too long and its hard to give a time span on one cos it depends on how often you use it and on what. I have had one sponge scourer now in my kitchen for over a week and use it every time I wash up and do like to use it to wipe down my hob after usage. However on tough jobs like cleaning ovens I wouldn't bother using these but to be fair they are not really designed for heavy duty tasks anyway to be fair to them.

            All In All:

            I like these scourers. Multi tasking, robust enough and a nice handy size at only 14p for 5 of them in my opinion these offer fantastic value for money!

            Available from Sainsburys stores or from Sainsburys.com

            This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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            24.11.2011 11:32
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            GOOD SAINSBURYS SCOURERS

            I have recently tried out the Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers and this is my review.

            I have tried out a few of the products in the Sainsbury's Basics range and thought that some of them were very good value for money but other items were to basic for me and I would not buy them again. All of the items in the Sainsbury's Basics range have very plain packaging which is a white background with orange writing and it gives a very plain basic look to the products. This does not put me of to much as I am more bothered about what the items are like and am not to bothered about the packet they come in.

            The Sainsbury's Scourers package is made of plastic and it is very plain looking. I can see the scourer pads through the packet. I have bought the Sainsbury's Basics scourers quite a few times as I think they are very good value for money. I only paid 14 pence for the pack of Sainsbury's scourers and there are five in the plastic packet so I think it is a very good value price.

            The Sainsbury's scourers are like an oblong shape and are made of sponge. The top of the sponge has the scourer on top of it and it is a green colour. The scourers are quite small and are smaller than other sponge scourers I have bought but they are big enough for my house work and chores and so the small size does not put me off from buying them.

            I use the Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers for cleaning pots and pans and I also use them around the house for doing house work and chores. They are good at cleaning the oven and hob in my kitchen and I have used them on the bath and kitchen sink to.

            The scourer part which is on top of the sponge is not so rough that it scratches my hob or bath but it is rough enough to clean my pots and pans when they are dirty and have food stuck on them. The sponge is very good for washing my dishes and cleaning and wiping down the work tops and cleaning down the microwave and the tables.

            The sponge part of the scourer is quite soft but it is not the best quality and it breaks up after the scourer has been used a few times. This is not going to stop me from buying the Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers though as they are so cheap and are handy to have around the house and I will keep on buying them.

            The Sainsbury's Basics Scourers are cheap enough to replace when the sponge starts to lose its shape or break up and I do not mind throwing it out and replacing it with a new one cos of the very cheap price. They last for a little time but then they need replacing which is fine by me and I do not like to think of germs building up on cloths and sponges anyway so it is not a problem for me to replace them quite often.

            I would suggest giving the Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers a try out and I think they are very good at removing dirt from pots and pans and from the oven and hob. I use them around the house in the kitchen and the bathroom and for other cleaning chores. They are a very good price and are very handy to keep in the house and replacing them is no problem when they get worn out.

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            05.11.2011 11:49
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            Why spend more?!

            Our house takes a lot of cleaning; although I've always thought myself as born for higher things, in reality I spend my life clearing and cleaning up after five very messy people. I'll buy the more expensive cleaning products if I think they're worth it, but look for the cheapest thing available when I'm buying other items. Which is why I love these 15p scouring pads so much, even buying two packs a week it's much cheaper than the equivalent branded option and they really are a fab item.

            These are basically oblongs of sponge with a sheet of scouring pad stuck to the top, they're really two products in one and I find them very versatile. The sponge isn't particularly absorbent so they're no good for spills, but for wiping down the kitchen worktops the sponge side is excellent as any cleaning fluid you're using will be wiped across the surface rather than soaked into the sponge.

            The sourer side has always been fixed well to the sponge, in all the packs I've bought I have never had a scouring pad fall apart and as far as I can remember even so much as a corner has never came away from the sponge. If I'm doing a particularly vigorous cleaning job (the bloody oven) the scourer starts softening and looking grotty very quickly, this is a nuisance but then again what do you expect for such a tiny price. It's not too often I clean the oven anyway and for more everyday jobs these are ideal; scrubbing small amounts of mess off surfaces (they even coped admirably with an unnoticed mound of Weetabix that had dried on the coffee table this morning - a surprise as even proper Brillo pads struggle with that sometimes), wiping off food that has been spilt on the hob, cleaning the kitchen sink - these fab scouring pads can cope with most things.

            The only real difference between this Basics product and Sainsbury's standard branded scouring pads (82p for 6) is the size; it doesn't bother me in the slightest that these are visibly small as if you think about it it's only the portion that you are able to put pressure on with your hand that's actually doing the business cleaning wise. These sponges fit comfortably in my hand and keep their shape well while in use, when they're ready for the bin they'll start flattening slightly and the sponge itself doesn't feel as squishy. To be honest I tend to throw these away at least once a day so they'll rarely get to that battered state, at 3p a scourer it makes sense to regularly change them as these things really are germ-magnets and more unhygienic than you think.

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              My house, and in particular my kitchen, forever needs cleaning. Over the years I have probably spent a fortune on cleaning products but I never see the point in spending more than I need on basic items such as dish cloths and scourers. For this reason, I really welcome the Sainsbury's Basics range of cleaning products as it means that I can buy the tools to do the dirty jobs at a fraction of the price that I could pay!

              One such example is the pack of Basics 5 sponge scourers. I recently bought them in Sainsburys and the pack of five cost me only sixteen pence (August 2011) which meant that they only cost just over three pence each! This compares to other scourers on the same shelf that cost so much more such as Sainsburys pan scourers pack of three for eighty pence (about twenty six pence each) or the slightly better value Sainsburys double action hand grip sponge scourers pack of six for eighty two pence (about fourteen pence each). So money-wise, the Basics scourers certainly make good sense especially in these days of constantly rising prices! However, they are of course only good value if they are any good.

              Like many scourers, these have a yellow sponge cuboid with a more abrasive scouring surface on top. They can be used for just about any cleaning job in the kitchen from cleaning the hob, wiping surfaces and washing pots and pans. Although it lacks the depth of many scourer, in my opinion it does just as good a job as the more expensive items that I mentioned above. As with any scourer, you do need to be careful when using on non stick surfaces and make sure that you use the sponge side and on any surface that you might be worried about scratching. I don't think that these Basics scourers are any more likely to cause scratching than others I have used and I have definitely never had a problem with this. It does warn on the packaging that they are not suitable for delicate surfaces so best avoid!

              The scouring surface is for removing stubborn stains and burns whereas the sponge surface is for wiping things clean. They seem to work particularly well on my mucky hob. I also find they work very well in the bathroom where my daughters have a habit of leaving toothpaste stains all over the basin. The scourers absorb liquid well and it is easy to squeeze out any excess water too.

              They don't even seem to wear out quicker than the more expensive ones either. Even if they did they would still be value for money as about twenty five of these costs the same as three of the pan scourers. Therefore even if you were having to replace them at five times the rate you would still be better off, and as this is not the case you will be significantly better off. Now I know that we are not talking about hugely expensive items anyway but, to borrow a phrase from another well known store, 'every little helps!'

              On the packaging it states that these scourers clean but there are no added promises! Well, that's fine with me as that is what I want them to do. These scourers are perfect for the job intended so I am sticking with them, rather than spending more on products that do the same!

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