We have all the evidence in the world that kitchen sponges are more harmful than helpful. Believe it or not, a 2017 study from Scientific Reports found that the sponge you use on your dishes could be even germier than your toilet seat. And amid a global pandemic, more bacteria is the last thing anyone wants.
Buy It: AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, Pack of 48 ($19.40, Amazon)
According to their product description, the cloths are soft and non-abrasive, so they can be used to clean just about anything, be it dishes, windows, or your car. Their microfiber composition allows them to absorb up to eight times their own weight with ease. The best part? When you’re done using a cloth, all you need to do is pop it in the washing machine to reuse it again and again.
More than 20,000 Amazon shoppers have given the AmazonBasics cloths a five-star rating.
“Since I bought these, I no longer use sponges (which get nasty) or paper towels (so bad for the environment),” one wrote. “They are easy to wash, and with a big batch of them I can just keep changing them out. I highly recommend using these rather than sponges or paper towels: They work better and they last forever!”
This reviewer said the cloths are the perfect replacement for disposable wipes: “I recently decided to stop purchasing disinfectant wipes because I could not justify that much single-use waste. This was a very difficult decision for me. However, my fears about cross-contamination were calmed when I saw how many cloths were in this very cheap package… I used four to clean my kitchen and three in the bathroom. Just chuck them in the laundry when they get too much stuff on them.”
Shop the pack of 48 AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloths now. If that sounds like too many for your needs, check out the 36-pack for $16 or the 24-pack for only $12.