I don’t like buying sponges for doing the dishes. They seem high-priced for something you throw away, plus they are notorious playgrounds for bacteria to breed. While you can curb this last problem by washing the sponges in the washing machine or microwaving them, there’s always the risk that when you are cleaning with a sponge you are really spreading more bacteria on your plates and glasses.
But while I have long made scrubbies out of onion bags, I have never come up with a great alternative to the sponge. Then I was reading The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen and came upon this passage:
We recommend you switch away from using cellulose sponges in the kitchen and use cotton dishclothes instead, changing out to a fresh one every couple of days. They don’t add too much to the laundry burden, and they’re a lot more sanitary than sponges. When they become stained and worn, they can be downgraded to cleaning rags. Best yet, it they are all-cotton, you can compost them at the end of their lives.
Good tip. I’m going to try it.