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Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers
Member Name: alyson29
Sainsbury's Basics Sponge Scourers
Date: 11/10/12, updated on 11/10/12 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent quality, the sponges are of a good size and are reasonably priced
Disadvantages: The scouring section starts to wear after a few weeks and disperses tiny green fragments
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.
Summary: An excellent basics wash up sponge from Sainsburys