Forever Sponge FAQ

Forever Sponge FAQ

Here are the top questions we get about our reusable cotton Forever Sponges. If you have a question you don't see here, feel free to drop me a note!

What are the benefits of using a reusable sponge?

Reusable sponges offer several benefits compared to their disposable counterparts. For one, they’re a sustainable choice as they can be used multiple times, reducing the amount of kitchen waste we produce. They are often made from eco-friendly materials like cotton, making them both biodegradable and compostable.

Reusable sponges can also save you money in the long run as they don't need to be constantly replaced like disposable sponges. A single Forever Sponge from Paloma Danger can last up to 10 years (trust us, we know!). If you replace your disposable sponge every two weeks, one Forever Sponge can save 260 disposables from ending up in landfill in its lifetime!

What are the best reusable sponges for cleaning dishes?

When it comes to choosing the best reusable sponge for cleaning dishes, there are several things to consider. The material of the sponge can impact its effectiveness and durability. Natural materials like cellulose, loofah, or bamboo are popular choices for reusable sponges as they are eco-friendly and have good scrubbing power.

Our Forever Sponges are made from 100% USA-grown cotton and hand knit in Oregon, making them an ethical as well as eco-friendly choice.  The knit texture provides gentle but effective scrubbing power, safe for use on any type of dish, and pair perfectly with our all-natural escobetas for when you need a little more oomph!

What materials are used to make reusable sponges?

Reusable sponges can be found in a variety of eco-friendly materials, with the plant-based options being both biodegradable and compostable. We make our Forever Sponges out of 100% cotton, which allows them to be washed alongside the rest of your kitchen laundry, and earth-friendly as well when it comes time to retire yours.

Can I use a reusable sponge for cleaning my bathroom?

Forever Sponges can be used all over the house. Because they are 100% cotton however, we don’t recommend using them with harsh cleaners. We also would recommend that if you do decide to use a Forever Sponge for bathroom duty, that you dedicate it to the job - kitchen sponges for the kitchen, bathroom sponges for the bathroom. No mixing.

Are there any health risks associated with using reusable sponges?

There are no significant health risks associated with using reusable sponges as long as they are properly cleaned and maintained. To minimize the risk of bacteria buildup, it's recommended to clean your reusable sponge after each use and allow it to air dry completely between uses. As long as you take proper care of your reusable sponge, it can be a safe and effective option for many years.

Studies have shown disposable sponges can harbor a significant amount of bacteria, and some food borne illnesses can even survive being microwaved. Cotton sponges can withstand much higher, sustained heat through sanitary cycles in your washing machine, making them a healthier, safer choice.

You can read more in the following article (although we don’t recommend it while you’re eating):

Microbiological Safety of Kitchen Sponges Used in Food Establishments, The International Journal of Food Science, 2016.

How do I properly clean a reusable sponge?

One of the best ways to keep your Forever Sponge fresh is to let it air dry completely between uses. To give it a proper cleaning, because it’s 100% cotton, you can toss it in your kitchen laundry along with your towels and napkins. The color may bleed for the first few uses, so be sure to wash with like colors.

Put them in the washing machine with like colors and wash on regular the setting of your choice. The “high heat" or “sanitize” modes are perfectly fine. For an extra clean sponge, add ¼ cup white vinegar to the wash. We don’t recommend bleaching your sponges, or they’ll lose their lovely color and are likely to deteriorate more quickly.

How long do reusable sponges typically last?

It depends on how pretty and fresh you like your sponges to stay, but a single Forever Sponge can last up to 10 years. Your sponge may look pretty raggedy by then, but it will still retain its usefulness long after it stops looking bright and pretty. If you prefer a pretty sponge by the sink, I recommend buying a new sponge whenever you want a kitchen refresh! A fresh sponge is a great way to mark the seasons, coordinate your decor, or just add a spark of joy to your day.

How do I dispose of a worn-out reusable sponge?

We use 100% USA-grown cotton for our forever sponges, which makes them fully biodegradable and compostable when the time comes to say goodbye to your faithful cleaning companion.

Cotton is one of the easiest materials to decompose! Depending on the environment, it can break down in anywhere from one week to five months. Synthetic alternatives can take hundreds of years, and may never fully decompose at all, making cotton a much more eco-friendly choice.

How many sponges should I buy to start with?

Whether you use your dishwasher a ton, or wash everything by hand, I always recommend buying a 3-Pack of Forever Sponges. This way, you’ll have: 1 for the sink while 1 is in the laundry, and 1 extra for odd jobs or to use in another room (Sponges work great in bathrooms too!)

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