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I bought these from a shop I call the cheap shop, its where I go for all my household products as they are as the shop name says very cheap. I paid just 60p for this packet of 10. Each sponge does last quite a while though depending on what you use them for.
I usually have 3 different sponges i use at any one time, I have one for my bathroom, one for my washing up, and one for any greasy areas, such as my cooker. The one in my bathroom and the one for washing up can last weeks, although the one that I use on greasy items only lasts once maybe a second use if I am lucky. Unlike normal dishcloths these can not be washed and reused and one there is a lot of grease on them they are damaged and don't clean your items as well, and they leave streaky marks.
The scourers come with the hard part on the top and a sponge underneath, the hard part is great for getting any ground dirt off with, although it has a sponge on the other side, I feel that the sponge does not work as well as using a cloth also. So I always tend to when cleaning grease off to use a dishcloth too. I also do this when cleaning the bathroom too, however when doing the dishing I find the scourer is more than capable of working alone.
The scourer does get all your dirt marks off and you don't have to scrub for ages to get any ground in dirt off, I would never be without these in my house, as I feel you can not clean many things with just a dishcloth. I would highly recommend these as they are cheap and do a good job, and any house should not be without scourers.
Like many of us, I often use a sponge pad for cleaning surfaces in my kitchen. Due to my asthma, I can't use sprays, but a combination of antibacterial wipes, hot soapy water and a sponge pad with elbow grease applied usually does the job!
I recently picked up a pack of 20 Spontex Sponge Scourers in Tesco for about £1.50.
Spontex Economic Sponge Scourers come in a pack of 20, all wrapped in a thin layer of cellophane. The sponges are in a variety of colours, but all are of the same size (approx 8cm x 5cm x 6cm) and are topped with a tough, green scouring layer.
I've been very pleased with these scourers. I use them for a variety of purposes: for scrubbing down surfaces (using the green scouring pad), soaking up spills (using the sponge), scrubbing dishes when washing up (both sides). Being different colours, I select a different colour for each job so Hubby and I can tell which sponge is for washing up and which is for scrubbing surfaces. This helps us to keep the kitchen more hygienic.
Where possible I cut these sponges in half with a pair of sturdy scissors and use one half at a time, especially handy when I have to scrub a particularly stubborn bit of grime off my sink!
I usually buy large packs of sponges in a pound shop, but unfortunately, on this one occasion, I wasn't going near one and I'd run out of sponges at home! As it's turned out, this pack of 20 sponges for £1.50 has been excellent value as the sponges are sturdy and each has lasted for several days of heavy use before it's needed to be thrown out, and even when I've done that it's been more because of hygiene concerns than because the sponge has sustained any damage or wear.
In conclusion, I'd purchase these Spontex Economic Sponge Scourers again, but next time I'll try to pick them up for £1 rather than £1.50!
I LOVE these scourers! Before you start to shout 'you should get out more, missis!' hear me out.
I also love my husband but when he does the dishes (he really does, and quite often too!) I can never quite guarantee where he's had the scourer. Me, on the other hand, I like to use the sponge side to clean the top of the sink and use the harder, scouring green pad to get rid of stubborn marks on plates, cutlery etc. I then like to rinse said sponge and leave to dry on a nice, shining sink, safe in the knowledge that once dry, bacteria can no longer multiply.
So you can imagine, when I go to the sink to find it half full of water and the sponge wet and with stains that look suspiciously like the tikka massala that I KNOW was spilled on the floor, I get a little edgy. Thank goodness I buy these little helpers at my local discount shop (usually £1 pack) so at jut 5p each, I can rinse the offending sponge, throw it into the washing machine and get a new one out.
I used to have a system with the colours before I met my lovely hubby: green for floor spills, red for pet food bowls, blue for outdoor, cream for food but that's gone RIGHT out of the window now.
I guess you're wondering why I put them in a washing machine and not in the bin! Well, being the true recycler I am, I take my used (and washed) sponges to work, which is my art studio, and I use them to clean my mosaics when I grout them. Only when they are falling apart do I finally throw them away. I seriously prefer these little sponges (and I do actually use them from new when working in a school!) to the grouting sponges available in Wickes and the like, as they are small enough for me to hold and manipulate.
I have also cut them into shapes and used them as stamps with the kids!
I am not really fussy when it comes to buying sponges to wash up with and my motto is usually go for the cheapest when at Tesco or Asda but sometimes I run out unexpectedly and will opt to call at the local discount store where I buy a pack of ten spontex economic scourers for a pound.
The spontex economic scourers come in a pack of ten and are simply wrapped in a thin clear plastic packaging which features the product name and the brand name. You can see the ten sponges through the packaging so you get a good idea of what size of sponge you are getting for your money but I find that the cheaper sponges all tend to be a similar sort of size and so this doesn't really influence my purchase.
The spontex economic scourers are multi coloured and so you can get some blue, pink, green and yellow ones in a pack but this doesn't seem to be the same with every pack I buy so I don't think you get a set amount of a certain colour. I like that the sponges are coloured because whenever I clean my dishes after I have cooked a curry or something the white sponges from Asda or Tesco are stained immediately and I just think they look much messier than the coloured ones when they are stained. Of course the coloured ones take the colour of the curry too but it is less noticeable in my opinion and so the sponge looks less messy on your sink.
The sponge are a similar size to the supermarkets value range sponges and I find that they are a good size to fit in my hand anyway so the small size isn't a massive problem for me. When my mum goes shopping I sometimes ask her to pick me up some bits and if I ask her to get me some scourers she will never opt for the value brand and so I have used more expensive scourers and I think if anything they are much thicker and so keep their shape better over a period of time.
In terms of washing up with these sponges I have no issues with them really. In comparison to the more expensive ones I have used these do seem to go flat quite easily but the green scourer part seems to stay in place well unlike with the value brands. When a sponge goes flat I do tend to throw it away and replace it and I would say I can use one of these for a few weeks or so before needing to replace it but when a sponge costs just ten pence each I don't really mind doing this but it might be a bit of a false economy I suppose.
When I compare these sponges to the value range I have to say they are probably on a par with them and you can get five sponges from the supermarket for around 14p and so obviously these ones are more expensive so given a choice I will always buy the supermarket ones but these are a good option for the occasions I run out and don't have a spare pack in the cupboard.
Thank you for reading my review!
I tend to do my washing up with the Dishmatique system as I like to keep on top of my dishes and I think this is the best way however I use scourers when cleaning my oven and hob so always have a sponge scourer at my sink.
I bought a packet of these scourers at my local Tesco store when I was doing my shopping and they came in a packet of 5 for £1 which I think is a decent price for a pretty decent brand.
The scourers comes packaged in a plastic wrapper which isn't resealable which is a bit of a pain so I cut the packet at one end so that I can keep the scourers not in use in the packet and they are not all over my cupboard under the sink, it states on the package that these are economic sponges.
In my packet there were 2 x pink sponges, 1 x yellow, 1 x green and 1 x blue, each packet on the shelf had 2 of 1 of the colours and 1 of all the rest so you can pick which one you would like 2 of if it matters to you at all.
The scourers are made of sponge on the bottom in the above colours and then a green scourer top attached to it. The sponge is really bouncy and absorbs water really well so find the sponge part good for clearing up spills like the cats water bowl when she decided to tip it over. The scourer is really strong and doesn't break up when using some elbow grease behind it. The main time I use the scourer is after cooking a Sunday dinner as I always end up with dried on gravy and burnt water on the hob and the scourer lifts the dried on items really well. These scourers seem really gentle even though they do the job well and haven't left any scratches or marks on my hob at all.
I would recommend these scourers they are worth paying the extra for as they are worth 5 stars out of 5, they also double up as craft items as myself and my daughter used one to cut into shapes so we could see the different effects from the rough and the smooth side which she really enjoyed doing.
The scourer's come in a 5pack which I purchased from my local One Stop store for just £1.00. I normally buy scourer's from co-op; how-ever I thought I would give these a try instead. The scourer's come in a clear plastic wrapper, which says Economic' + on the front. It also states that the sponge scourer's are made by Spontex, whom I'm sure many of you have heard of. On the back of the packaging it states to rinse thoroughly before and after use. It also states that they are efficient sponge scourer's at an affordable price. The sponges are versatile and strong, which makes them ideal for washing up and wiping surfaces. The quality, coloured sponges help to dry surfaces quickly and brighten up your kitchen.
The sponge scourer's are brightly coloured and are blue, pink, green and yellow. There were 2 green sponge scourer's in the pack I purchased. The sponges are soft and on one side they have a tough green scourer which is very rough to the touch. They look as though they will do a great job when washing up or scrubbing at surfaces, such as cleaning round the gas hobs on my cooker.
I used one of the sponge scourer's first to do the washing up. The scourer's don't state that they are non-abrasive, so I didn't rub too hard when cleaning simple things such as glasses or baking trays. The sponges absorb the water very well, which enables me to wash the plates and other utensils very well with minimum effort. The scourer surface is great for helping to get rid of stuck on food on tray's, and I didn't need to scrub too hard to enable this to come off of the trays. I feel as though these were really good in using them to wash up.
I also used these to clean the cooker top which is white. I sprayed the cooker with some cleaner and left for a while, then used the scourer side to lift and scrub away at the dried, stuck on food from cooking sauces. The scourer does a good job at helping to get rid of stuck on marks as I rubbed the scourer over the surface I could feel the rough green surface removing the stuck on food. I have also used the sponge scourer to wipes down work surfaces and have even used one in the bathroom when cleaning.
These are very good value sponge scourer's which I would definitely buy again. Although I got these in my local One Stop score, you can probably find them at supermarkets and maybe even your local shop. I give this product 5 out of 5 stars.
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I have a dishwasher so luckily I do not have to do loads of washing up. However I do have a set of non-stick saucepans that I have to tackle manually as well as a few odd bits of cutlery and crockery that can't go in the dishwasher. I always like to have a sponge scourer available to assist in the cleaning of these items.
I do the majority of my supermarket shopping on the internet and a few weeks ago I remember that I needed some new scourers just as I was about to send the order. I was in a bit of a rush so I just typed" scourer" into the search box and selected the first item on the list which was only £1 and didn't look too closely at what Tescos were going to send me.
When my order arrived the next day I wasn't very impressed with what I received. The item was a pack of 20 very cheap looking sponge scourers, Spontex Economic+. The scourers were in a selection of gaudy colours; yellow, green, blue and pink with a dark green scouring surface on one side. Since I had only paid 5p for each one I thought that I shouldn't be surprised that they appeared cheap and nasty. I expected that this was going to be one purchase that was going to prove to be a false economy.
A couple of days later I opened the packet and took out my first sponge. It was even smaller than I had expected it to be at less than 5.5cm wide, less than 9 cm long and only 2.5cm thick. The green, scouring top layer was quite rough but didn't look very substantial. The sponge didn't feel particularly dense but it also didn't look flimsy either and I expected it to do a reasonable job of cleaning. I liked the fact that the sponge wasn't white as I think the sponge looks grubby even after one use when it is too pale.
I used the scourer on the normal few items that I had to wash up and used the sponge side to clean my saucepans. Although the scourer felt quite small in my hand I found that it did a good job of the washing up and the fact that the sponge wasn't so dense meant that rinsing the sponge out after use was quite an easy job. I also had to use the scouring side to attack the rack out of my grill-pan after cooking some chops. I expected to have to use a lot of elbow grease as I anticipated that the scouring side would peel off and die after a couple of seconds of use. Once again I was pleasantly surprised and found that the scourer cleaned well and maintained its shape and scouring layer.
I also use my kitchen scourers for cleaning work-surfaces and the cooker top as well as cupboard doors. I have found that these do a great job and although they do not have fancy features like a cut out groove to protect fingernails I find they are easy to use and efficient and that is all I am really looking for. Due to their small size my husband finds them a nuisance as his hands are much bigger but since cleaning and washing up are not things he does frequently I don't really worry about whether he likes them or not.
I have now been using these scouring pads for a while. I must say I have completely changed my mind and now think of them as cheap and cheerful rather than cheap and nasty. The performance has been much better than I anticipated, the sponge has not discoloured or disintegrated and the top layer has never peeled off or developed bald-patches which I have found with some other makes. Due to the bargain price I don't feel guilty about changing my scourers frequently either. I do not change them because they are worn out I just don't feel that keeping cleaning products for a long time is very hygienic.
It is not often that an online impulse buy proves to be a worthwhile purchase but I would never have picked these off the shelf in the supermarket but I have been extremely impressed by their performance. The sort of scourers I would normally buy retail at about 35p each and I definitely wouldn't get 7times more cleaning out of them so I have to say that these will probably be my sponge of choice in the future.