Kitchen sponges are a must-have cleaning item, but traditional sponges usually harbor unwanted bacteria, odors, and mold if they aren’t switched frequently. These smart alternatives to disposable kitchen sponges will stay clean while they clean.

1) Switch to silicone scrubbers.

Silicone is a bacteria-resistant easy to clean material that also makes the perfect gentle scrubber for baked on food. This dual-sided silicone sponge will never smell like mold or mildew, is made from BPA-free silicone, and can be popped in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Silicone Sponge and Scrubber available from Amazon

2) Try a sustainable sponge.

This sponge and scrubber from Nano Sponges is designed to clean tough grease and grime without picking up food odors and bacteria. The sponge smells fresher for longer, and instead of replacing it every two weeks you can simply throw it in the laundry, dishwasher, or microwave.

Nano Sponge Heavy Duty Kitchen Cleaning Sponge from Amazon

3) Use a quick-drying brush.

Traditional disposable sponges are the perfect moist breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Switching to a quick-drying dish brush keeps mildew, mold, and bacteria at bay. This easy grip dish brush from OXO has a soap dispenser built in so you can add more dish soap with the touch of a button.

OXO Good Grips Palm Brush and Storage Set available from Amazon

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