Silicone sponges have been popping up on my radar for a few days now. I’ve always wanted to try them out to see how they really work. Can I save money with silicone sponges?

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I hand wash my dishes and have used foam sponges for as long as I can remember. I’ve also tried using the dishwasher a couple of times, with poor results. Everything I see says that the dishwasher’s heat is best for sanitizing after cleaning. There is also a lot of talk about sponges harboring bacteria even when allowed to fully dry.

Now I do sanitize my dish sponges by running them through the dishwasher or microwaving them. To be perfectly honest I am not doing this weekly. It gets done every two weeks. My sponges get replaced every month and now that I think about it that really is getting gross.

I bought some silicone sponges to see if I liked them. The silicone is supposed to dry faster and that is one factor leading to them being more hygienic. They are also better than foam because they do not have all the nooks and crannies. The soft surface should be enough to prevent scratches but still firm enough to remove food particles.

My experience with silicone sponges so far

The silicone sponges are slightly smaller than the foam sponges I normally use. They are also very slippery so it was a bit of a challenge trying to use them for the first time today. They did get the food particles off just like my foam sponge but I felt myself reaching for the dishwashing liquid more often.

I’ll give these a few days of use to see how I like them. If they work well then I will slowly transition to using only silicone and get rid of the foam sponges.

Do you use silicone sponges? How do you like them?