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Today I have two tips for you that have nothing to do with Apple and don't even have a power cable or battery. But I think there are still two good recommendations that should certainly be of interest to one or the other reader.
Environmentally friendly and still functional
A few weeks ago I thought about how to replace the plastic dish sponges and sponge cloths with something that is more environmentally friendly. It was important to me that the products still work well in everyday life, because if you don't like using them in everyday life because they aren't nearly as good as the "environmentally unfriendly" versions, then you don't use them for long.
I bought the following two products on suspicion and wanted to see how well they clean and how durable they are. Here my results:
The Sonnet sponge is not 100% plastic free, but it is made mostly of cellulose and sisal fibers and has recycled PET "fibers". In principle, this dishwashing sponge works like the usual dishwashing sponges that you can buy in discount stores: They have a soft sponge side and a rougher side with which you can "scrape" solid residues from pots and pans. However, the recycled PET isn't really capable of scratching a coated pan. So hard enough to clean, but not hard enough to damage anything.
We have had two of the dishwashing sponges in use for over 3 months and they are still in shape and working well. From my point of view, there is no reason why you should not switch to these environmentally friendly dishwashing sponges.
- Made from cellulose, sisal fibers and recycled PET
- Scratch-free sponge, washable up to 60 ° C
- Also suitable for sensitive glasses, stainless steel and surfaces with a lotus effect
Remove bad smell from sponges and cloths
A tip for cleaning the sponge yourself: you can wash it at 60 ° Celsius. To get rid of the bad smell that such sponges get after a while, I can recommend something else.
We dip dish sponges and sponge cloths in a jar of mixed enzyme cleaner every week or two. Then we wring them out lightly and leave them at the sink to dry.
The enzymes in the cleaner then destroy the bacteria that are responsible for the typical muffle smell. At least that's my layman's understanding of how it all works.
We use that Happyzym enzyme cleaner, which are not so cheap, but really extremely versatile. And this product really works. I've heard from friends that they've also tried enzyme cleaners with less success. So if you're going to grab some, I'd recommend this one:
- ✅RELIABLE ENZYME CLEANER: You can get rid of odours, stains or stubborn dirt with happyzym almost ...
- ✅ VERSATILE APPLICATION THANKS TO SELF-DOSING: Whether it's pet odors, faecal and fecal stains, cat urine, dog urine...
- ✅VERSATILE APPLICATION: You can use happyzym in the supplied spray bottle, in the wet or vacuum cleaner, ...
Superscandi sponge cloths in a set
The second product I ordered was a 6 pack from the Superscandi sponge cloths. And they weren't a disappointment either. Superscandi towels are made from 70% cellulose from certified Swedish forests and 30% cotton waste. Of course, they are also much more environmentally friendly than the discounter sponge cloths.
The product description says that a cloth only lasts eight weeks, but we have used it for much longer because the cloths can be washed without any problems.
They clean just as well as the usual sponge cloths and are in no way inferior to them. And we also work with the above-mentioned enzyme cleaner on these wipes to get rid of unsightly odours. To be honest, the sponge cloths were also my test of whether the enzyme cleaner really works. I had a towel that smelled really bad. After a 40° machine wash, the smell was weaker but still noticeable. Then I sprayed the cloth with the enzyme cleaner, let it dry and then the smell was completely gone.
The sponge cloths are also durable and do not have to be disposed of after two weeks. If you want to get the Superscandi towels, you will find them here at Amazon:
- SWEDISH SUSTAINABILITY: The Swedes are at the forefront of sustainability. Sweden has been using it for over 60...
- HYGIENIC AND FUNCTIONAL VERSATILE: Our dishcloths offer all the advantages of a cellulose sponge and have ...
- DURABLE AND DURABLE: All Supercandi dishcloths can be cleaned in the dishwasher or washing machine ...
I hope these three recommendations will help you switch your household to eco-friendly products. If you also have a tip for an ecological variant of a frequently used product, please write it to me in the comments. I think this might be of interest to other readers as well.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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2 comments on “Eco-dishwashing sponge and sponge cloth – my pick of the KW07”
Jens, I love your "picks of the week". There is almost always something that not only I can use, but also the whole family. Life doesn't just consist of APPLE, so I'm grateful for every tip that can be used in daily use.
I ordered immediately via your links and received everything the next day. Since we also do without plastic in our household as much as possible, your reference to the cleaning sponge and sponge cloths fell on fertile ground.
I can 100% confirm your report.
A small note for all spectacle wearers: Happyzym also cleans the spectacle lenses fantastically. I put something in a small spray bottle and can quickly and easily clean my glasses crystal clear and streak-free. Wants to try it on the window panes before Easter too.
Thank you for your report.
Hello Jochen! Thanks for your comment. I'm really happy when articles that have nothing to do with Apple are well received. I kind of see the blog as my mouthpiece to the outside world and there is more to my life than Apple. That's why I hope that the picks without Apple reference will please at least one or the other reader. 😊 And thanks for using my affiliate links. This helps keep the site running. And thank you for your tip about cleaning the lenses with HappyZym. The cleaner will soon get a contribution and I will incorporate your tip!