I don't like using sponges because they seem a little germy to me. The dish brushes are great but they seem to get full of bits and pieces. I"m already a little weird about wet food in the sink and yucky stuff like that so it just doesn't seem like a sanitary idea.
My kitchen is a pretty low toxin place. I use non-toxic dishwasher soap, dish washing soap (yes, there is a difference!). I use vinegar in the rinse aid container in the dishwasher and tend to clean the countertops with a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner. I also use cloths to wipe the kids hands and faces and generally to wipe down everything. I have a small laundry basket in the kitchen that I toss the cloths into and wash about 3 times a week. It's from the dollar store and not very solid so the cloths tend to try pretty quickly.
And that brings me to washing dishes with a wash cloth. All of the cloths that we have for that purpose are way too big. About 10"x10". I feel like there is so much extra fabric flopping around that I spend the time trying to get the cloth under control!
I was staring at this giant cloth yesterday and it hit me. Cut them into smaller squares. So 4 5"x5" squares were cut. Then I realized that I could sew them together and make a dish mitt! After fighting with my sewing machine (both of the threads ran out at the same time!) I made this handy dandy little mitt. If my machine had been more helpful it wouldn't have taken more than a few minutes.
I also realized too late that I only needed to cut them into 2 rectangles and sew up one side but hey, this is an 'on the fly' project!
|Cut, turn inside out, sew along two sides.|
|Flip right side out!|
|It sits on the faucet perfectly and dries really well.|
What is YOUR favorite dish tool?