It’s the little things

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“Scrub Daddy!” exclaimed my nephew Abe at the beginning of the summer when my mom came home from the hardware store with one of these. Apparently their inventors were on Shark Tank—a show I do not watch but also do not judge—and he was quite thrilled by the purchase. And, after using it for the better part of a summer, I’m sold too: just as the box says, it’s soft in warm water and firm in cold water, and if you use it dry, it works in much the same way as an SOS Pad, but without the mess. Plus, it doesn’t get scuzzy the way traditional sponges do. And it’s also pretty cute, no?

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    Lucille B.
    3 Sep 2020
    12:31pm

    These things are amazing. My husband’s aunt got everyone one for Christmas a few years back and it was such a great present.

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    Cora
    3 Sep 2020
    10:38am

    I’m actually partial to the Scrub Mommy – it’s one half Scrub Daddy, one half soft & gentle 🙂

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    Debbie Downer
    3 Sep 2020
    10:35am

    Butbutbut…I worry about Scrub Daddies and microplastics pollution. They do, over time, soften and deteriorate. Where do all those teeny plastic bits go as wash down the drain?

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      Helen
      3 Sep 2020
      7:51pm

      It’s not a scrubber sponge, but I swear by Amala’s Magic Sponge Cloth. I’ve been using these sponge cloths for over two years and I can’t recommend them enough. They tick all the boxes—reusable, biodegradable, easy to clean (throw it in the dishwasher or washing machine, then air dry), and they really work well for cleaning (dishes, counters, bathroom mirrors/sinks, everything). They last forever too, much longer than what is recommended on the packaging for me. I have dramatically cut down my paper towel usage since using this cloth, so it’s saving trees. Someone posted in the amazon reviews that she composts her cloths, but I have not tried this myself.

      https://www.amazon.com/Sponge-Amala-Natural-Biodegradable-Non-GMO/dp/B01CIRD5P4

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      Viajera
      3 Sep 2020
      2:38pm

      Ooooh … good point. We need to protect the ocean and rivers. Shoot – another research project. These might be good for dry applications though. Plenty of things in my life could use a rub I am sure.

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      PMD
      3 Sep 2020
      3:07pm

      Thank you!!!! I stopped using these for this very reason. It doesn’t take long, just a few weeks or so, and these sponges begin shedding plastic like crazy. I really wish people would consider these things before endorsing/buying!

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    Mindy
    3 Sep 2020
    9:30am

    Scrub Daddys are terrific and I’ve been using them for years. And, I’ll admit it, Shark Tank is one of the few shows that all five of us (from 10 to 49) enjoy and watch together.

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    Betsy Palmer
    3 Sep 2020
    9:04am

    Welcome aboard. A friend gave me one a while ago and I love it.

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    Susan D
    3 Sep 2020
    8:01am

    It IS the little things! I bought one years ago because of the smiley face. (I avoid shark-y things.) THEN I was amazed to discover how darn well it works. And when scrubbing out * one’s favorite coffee mug one can put all five fingers in the sponge and get a mug clean in seconds. Instant gratification. >sigh< (*while listening to Everything's Fine podcasts)

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      Susan D
      3 Sep 2020
      8:03am

      AND if it gets stinky just put it in the microwave for a minute. I think I’ve bought a new one once a year.

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        Eloise
        3 Sep 2020
        8:11am

        Wait a sec – you use it every day and are able to replace it that infrequently?

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          Susan S.
          3 Sep 2020
          12:56pm

          Yes. I reconcile its plastic-ness because I am dumping fewer plastic cleaning devices into the environment.

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    laura
    3 Sep 2020
    1:57pm

    Why is Jenni Kayne SO expensive!?! I love the look of everything but never buy with that price tag.

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      Mindy
      3 Sep 2020
      3:45pm

      I think it’s amusing (and telling) that everyone is commenting on a $3.50 sponge instead of overpriced (though lovely) Jenni Kayne clothes.

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        HickfromStyx
        3 Sep 2020
        6:55pm

        OMG. It’s $16 up here. Sticker shock seems to be my thing. I had never heard of it before. It looks like a slice of pool noodle, right? I have one of those, that could be repurposed by slicing it with a bread knife.

        Meanwhile, I found loofahs on a cord, four for $14, for dishwashing.

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          Heather
          3 Sep 2020
          7:14pm

          I wash out and reuse Ziploc bags because my grew-up-during-the-Depression mother instilled this in me. I once saw a ‘ziploc bag dryer’ in a froufrou catalog, made of, like, organic bamboo, for $20. I spend far more than that on shoes, but I felt contempt nevertheless.

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            Viajera
            4 Sep 2020
            1:36pm

            We re-use our ziplocs too. They’re perfectly good again after a wee rinse. Overall though I confess I need to work harder on avoiding kitchen waste.

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