Not Martha eco friendly sponges and cleansers

I recently got the set of Clean & Green Twist Clean-Up biodegradeable sponges from and I’m really happy with them. The scrubby side of the scrubby sponges is a layer of loofah. The Bamboo dusting cloths work well and might get me to kick my shameful Swiffer Duster habit. The Euro sponges are nice and big but I’m really in love with the European Sponge Cloth because it acts like a paper towel and I finally have something that can get into that narrow area behind the faucet in my bathroom sink.

Also, this is adorable, there are birdhouse and birdfeeder templates printed on the insides of the cardboard packaging bands:

Also take a look at the Better Life eco friendly and plant based cleansers that smell only very faintly of soap and work really nicely.

· comments [11] · 09-29-2008 · categories:shopping · the home ·

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  • 1 Ellen // Sep 29, 2008 at 7:16 am

    The Better Life product line looks great. Which of their stuff have you tried?
    I wonder if their window cleaner really is non-streak. I’ve bought others who have claimed that, but it’s never true.

  • 2 kelley // Sep 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

    i’ve gotten some of those similar “euro sponges” as a gift, and they broke down pretty quickly. maybe i’m just tough on sponges.
    better that than having them never biodegrate, i suppose.

  • 3 megan // Sep 29, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Ellen – I have not tried the window cleaner yet, but I do have Method window cleaner and find that if you use a microfiber cloth it doesn’t leave streaks. I’ll update when I know about the Better Life version.

  • 4 Amy T // Sep 29, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I think the mini-birdhouse printed on the packaging is darling! What a cute idea! I always try to keep cardboard packaging to use in crafts. Works great as bingo markers, paper dolls, stencils… may not make it live forever, but I figure any extra uses I can squeeze out of it helps, right?

  • 5 sara jane // Sep 29, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Oh, I too, have a shameful Swiffer habit. Good to know there might be an alternative.

  • 6 krista // Sep 29, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I bought some at our co-op in the winter- mainly for their lovely design – but was sad to see that, like kelley said, they fell apart *very* quickly. beautiful but not so functional :(

  • 7 Michelle // Sep 29, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I have been using these sponges for about a year now. I think their rate of deterioration depends on the usage of them. If I use them with a cleanser like Bon Ami, they break down fast. If I use them to wipe of counters or with a spray cleanser, they tend to hold up for a while.

    I used the Better Life cleaners this weekend. I thought the window cleaner did a fantastic job. No streaks. My hubby used the general cleaning spray while cleaning the stove and said it did as well or better than 409. The sink cleaner was nonabrasive and did a great job. Overall, a good experience.

  • 8 Tracey // Sep 29, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I’ve used all the Better Life products quite a bit since we got them at Delight HQ, and the glass cleaner works GREAT! I’ve used it on my mirrors in the bathroom, and we also used it on our grimy glass front door at HQ and I’ve seen no streaks.

  • 9 greta // Sep 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    i bought those sponges at our local whole foods, and was sad that the loofah one broke down so quickly. the loofah started to come unglued from the sponge within the first week or so, and bits of it gradually fell off from there. i also didn’t find that the loofah was all that great in removing stuck-on foods. Not worth the price, IMO.

    the regular sponge, however, has been great. it’s lasted very well (better than the cheapie colorful ones we used to get at target) and seems to have just as much if not more cleaning power as the ones with loofah.

    FYI, for window cleaner, I use a spray bottle with half rubbing alcohol and half water. cleans great, doesn’t streak, dries fast. i use it on our bathroom mirror mostly, but have also used it on windows and glass table tops. i’ve also heard that a vinegar/water mix works well too. super cheap, totally nontoxic, and great results!

  • 10 rachel // Sep 29, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I tried the biodegradable sponge, and it broke down quickly for me too. (I was using it for dishes.) I’m now trying some dish clothes like my grandmother used, and so far so good. I made sure to get a couple so that I could toss it in the hamper when I need to.

    I also make my own glass cleaner with water/vinegar, and I use newspaper for glass and mirrors. Works great and it’s free!

  • 11 Tamiko // Oct 3, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    method makes 100% bamboo cloths which fit (sort of, they’re a little long) on my swiffer dry mop…maybe the habit’s not so shameful then?

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