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10 Best Cleaning Sponges UK 2022 | E-Cloth, Flash and More

Cleaning is never the most glamorous job, but it's one that has to be done. The humble sponge is a basic bit of kit that's versatility comes in very handy, making it a real essential for washing dishes and cleaning bathrooms alike.


Sponges might be small, but there is big competition out there thanks to the huge array of options. Some double up as scourers or offer antibacterial, germ-free cleaning, and others have handles to make scrubbing showers a breeze. Others are even eco-friendly and completely biodegradable! We've reviewed the best options and picked our 10 favourites from Amazon, Asda and more.

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  • Last updated: 19-08-2022
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How to Choose a Cleaning Sponge in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Assess the Sponge Material and Determine Whether It Is to Be Used Wet or Dry
  2. Choose a Scrubbing or Scouring Sponge With Textures for a More Complete Clean
  3. Ensure That It Is Appropriate for the Surface You Plan to Use It On

1. Consider the Material It Is Made From and Check if It's to Be Used Wet or Dry

1. Consider the Material It Is Made From and Check if It's to Be Used Wet or Dry

Choose Polyester if You Want a Hard-Wearing and Cost-Effective Sponge

Most sponges are made from plastics like polyester, and even if the material isn't stated you can probably assume this is what it is. These are cost-effective, hard-wearing and normally come in fun bright colours. The downside to this material is that is made from plastic. This means that they do not biodegrade and, with sponges having such a short lifespan, you will be generating quite a lot of non-recyclable waste. 


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For a More Sustainable and Super Absorbent Option, Opt For Microfibre

Microfibre is also not a biodegradable material, but its incredible capacity for absorbing liquids whilst not losing any of its structural integrity means these sponges will last. This makes these sponges a slightly more sustainable option than polyester. Microfibre, when used dry, is also great for buffing away smudges and ensuring a streak-free clean on shiny surfaces like mirrors, stainless steel hobs or glass surfaces. 


Use a microfibre cloth with our favourite glass cleaners for a streak-free shine when cleaning glass surfaces.

For the Most Environmental Choice, Pick Natural Materials Like Cellulose and Sisal

If you are serious about going for an environmentally-friendly option, look for materials like cellulose and sisal. Similar to those used for bathroom bodycare products like sponges and loofahs, these natural materials are derived from plants, so once they've served their purpose as a sponge, they will biodegrade

2. Select a Sponge With Textures for Scrubbing or Scouring to Provide a Better All-Round Clean

2. Select a Sponge With Textures for Scrubbing or Scouring to Provide a Better All-Round Clean

Some surfaces require a gentle touch when cleaning. Non-stick pans, for example, do not fare well when scrubbed within an inch of their lives. What is needed for these is a soft sponge, one that doesn't erode any coating. 


There are other surfaces, though, that do need a good scrub once in a while. This is when it can be useful to have a sponge that has two or more texture options, with a different texture often appearing on each side. Popular designs include having a side for scrubbing or scouring which is made from a tougher fabric to get to the nitty-gritty. 

3. Ensure It's Suitable for the Surface You Intend to Use It On

3. Ensure It's Suitable for the Surface You Intend to Use It On

Textures do have a large part to play in which sponges can be used on which surface, but they are not the only thing to think about. Some sponges are better suited to the kitchen, or perhaps specifically washing up. Others might work wonders in the bathroom, but fare less well when used on dirty dishes. 


This being said, plenty of of sponges are what are known as multi-surface sponges, which pretty much do what they say on the tin. These sponges can go from scrubbing pots and pans to bathrooms with no issue, although do take hygiene into consideration if you are moving a sponge between the two. 


To ensure that your dishwasher cleans your dishes and utensils completely, use an effective dishwasher tablet.

Compare the Best Cleaning Sponges

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. E-Cloth - Scrubbing Pads for £4.99
  2. Epically Eco - 100% Biodegradable and Compostable Washing up Sponge for £8.99
  3. Spontex - Thick Moppets for £1.50
  4. Spotless - Antibacterial Microfibre Dual Action Scrubbing Sponge for £10.99
  5. EXGOX - Multipurpose Heavy Duty Scrubbing Brush With Handle for £6.99

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of cleaning sponges available and understand how our ranking was determined.

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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E-Cloth  Scrubbing Pads 1

E-Cloth

2
Epically Eco 100% Biodegradable and Compostable Washing up Sponge 1

Epically Eco

3
Spontex Thick Moppets 1

Spontex

4
Spotless Antibacterial Microfibre Dual Action Scrubbing Sponge 1

Spotless

5
EXGOX Multipurpose Heavy Duty Scrubbing Brush With Handle 1

EXGOX

6
Flash  Magic Eraser Bathroom Scrubber 1

Flash

7
Mr. Siga Dual Action Scrubbing Sponge 1

Mr. Siga

8
Lakeland Dual Action Microfibre Cleaning Sponge 1

Lakeland

9
Minky M Cloth Anti Bacterial Cleaning Pad 1

Minky

10
Dry Magic Lampshade Cleaner  1

Dry Magic

Name

Scrubbing Pads

100% Biodegradable and Compostable Washing up Sponge

Thick Moppets

Antibacterial Microfibre Dual Action Scrubbing Sponge

Multipurpose Heavy Duty Scrubbing Brush With Handle

Magic Eraser Bathroom Scrubber

Dual Action Scrubbing Sponge

Dual Action Microfibre Cleaning Sponge

M Cloth Anti Bacterial Cleaning Pad

Lampshade Cleaner

Features

A Winning Cloth That Doesn't Require Any Chemicals

Clean Your House With These Biodegradable and Compostable Cleaning Sponges

Extra-Thick Sponges for Big Spills

The Curved Shape of These Sponges Make Cleaning Easier

Sponge With A Handle That Makes It More Comfortable to Hold

This Eraser Sponge Works Its Magic With Just Water

A Variety of Options for Different Surfaces

Microfibre Gives This Sponge Added Absorbency

With Antibacterial Powers, This Sponge Will Help to Fight Germs

The Best Sponge for Cleaning Furniture

Price£4.99£8.99£1.50£10.99£6.99£3.99£8.50£5.99£2.45£10.50
Material(s)Polyester, polyamideSisal and wood pulpCelluloseMicrofibrePolypropyleneMelamine foam-MicrofibreMicrofibre, polyester-
Dry/WetBoth WetWetBothWetWetWetBothBothDry
Texture(s)Mesh padSponge and scourerSpongeSponge and scrubSponge and scrubSpongeLow, medium, high scrub levelsSponge and scourerSponge and scrubSponge
Suitable SurfacesMultiDishes, pans, sinksMulti MultiKitchen, bathroom Countertops, tabletops, floors, doors, walls, bathroomsDishes, kitchen, bathroom Pans, kitchenMulti Lampshades, upholstery, TV screens, wallpaper
Size8.3 x 1 x 5.3 cm11 x 7 x 2 cm16 x 12 cm15 x 9 x 2.5 cm18.6 x 12.5 x 7.8 cm-17 x 10 x 2.3 cm16.5 x 11.9 x 8.1 cm--
Quantity 2626126411
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10 Best Cleaning Sponges in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

E-Cloth Scrubbing Pads

Pack of 2

£4.99

Material(s)Polyester, polyamide
Dry/WetBoth
Texture(s)Mesh pad
Suitable SurfacesMulti
Size8.3 x 1 x 5.3 cm
Quantity 2
2

Epically Eco100% Biodegradable and Compostable Washing up Sponge

Pack of 6

£8.99

Material(s)Sisal and wood pulp
Dry/WetWet
Texture(s)Sponge and scourer
Suitable SurfacesDishes, pans, sinks
Size11 x 7 x 2 cm
Quantity 6
3
Material(s)Cellulose
Dry/WetWet
Texture(s)Sponge
Suitable SurfacesMulti
Size16 x 12 cm
Quantity 2
4

SpotlessAntibacterial Microfibre Dual Action Scrubbing Sponge

Pack of 6

£10.99

Material(s)Microfibre
Dry/WetBoth
Texture(s)Sponge and scrub
Suitable SurfacesMulti
Size15 x 9 x 2.5 cm
Quantity 6
5

EXGOXMultipurpose Heavy Duty Scrubbing Brush With Handle

£6.99

Material(s)Polypropylene
Dry/WetWet
Texture(s)Sponge and scrub
Suitable SurfacesKitchen, bathroom
Size18.6 x 12.5 x 7.8 cm
Quantity 1
6

Flash Magic Eraser Bathroom Scrubber

Pack of 2

£3.99

Material(s)Melamine foam
Dry/WetWet
Texture(s)Sponge
Suitable SurfacesCountertops, tabletops, floors, doors, walls, bathrooms
Size-
Quantity 2
7

Mr. SigaDual Action Scrubbing Sponge

Pack of 6

£8.50

Material(s)-
Dry/WetWet
Texture(s)Low, medium, high scrub levels
Suitable SurfacesDishes, kitchen, bathroom
Size17 x 10 x 2.3 cm
Quantity 6
8

LakelandDual Action Microfibre Cleaning Sponge

Pack of 4

£5.99

Material(s)Microfibre
Dry/WetBoth
Texture(s)Sponge and scourer
Suitable SurfacesPans, kitchen
Size16.5 x 11.9 x 8.1 cm
Quantity 4
9

MinkyM Cloth Anti Bacterial Cleaning Pad

£2.45

Material(s)Microfibre, polyester
Dry/WetBoth
Texture(s)Sponge and scrub
Suitable SurfacesMulti
Size-
Quantity 1
10

Dry MagicLampshade Cleaner

£10.50

Material(s)-
Dry/WetDry
Texture(s)Sponge
Suitable SurfacesLampshades, upholstery, TV screens, wallpaper
Size-
Quantity 1

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