The Best Dish Scrubbers for the Kitchen
Scrape your dirtiest pots and wipe delicate crystal with these top scrubbing tools.
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- Best OverallOXO Good Grips Dish BrushCheck Latest Price
- Runner-UpScotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub SpongesCheck Latest Price
- Best ClothSkoy Scrub (2 Pack)Check Latest Price
Dish scrubbers are great to have, even if you tend to toss most items in the dishwasher. If an old sponge is the only alternative tool, you’ll run the risk of transferring bacteria on to your dishes instead of cleaning them off. Dish scrubbers are generally inexpensive and easy to maintain, so it’s worth picking up one or two that suit your needs.
Dish scrubbers run the gamut from simple sponges to heavy-duty chain mail, so before you shop, consider the dishes you’ll need to scrub: if you plan on cleaning nonstick pans or delicate china, you’ll want a non-scratching sponge or pad. Cast-iron and aluminum can be cleaned with a good scouring pad, while steel cookware can handle scrubbers containing metal. There are many varieties including sponges, flat scrubbers, brushes, steel pads, and more. We identified some of the best dish scrubber options in a range of categories to help you find one to suit your cleaning needs.
Our Top Picks
This guide narrows down the market to present top-performing dish scrubbers that are individually suited to particular types of cookware.
BEST OVERALL: OXO Good Grips Dish Brush
OXO offers a dish scrubber that is ergonomic and comfortable to use while providing outstanding performance. Featuring a soft, nonslip handle that is easy to grip even when wet, it’s not difficult to put elbow grease into scrubbing dishes. The sturdy plastic handle is long enough to reach into the bottoms of tall glasses and angled to allow access to the deep recesses of large pans. Two densities of bristle fan out from the brush head to concentrate the heaviest scrubbing action where you need it. The nylon bristles, while strong enough to scrub off baked-on food, will not scratch delicate china, crystal, or nonstick pans.
For food that is truly stuck, the OXO has an integrated plastic scraper to scrape the burned coating off, then the bristles can tackle the rest. When the brush becomes soiled, it can be tossed in the dishwasher for sterilization. Hang it from the integrated hanging hole to dry and be ready it’s next job. Offered at a low price, the OXO is durable and long lasting even with daily use.
RUNNER-UP: Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges
Sometimes you need a specialty scrubber or sponge, other times a regular sponge is sufficient for cleaning, with a scrubber on the other side for tough grime. The Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges do a great job on all but the dirtiest cookware with tough burnt-on remnants. The Scotch-Brite sponges are provided in a package of six, so when you’ve finished one or want a fresh one for a different job, there’s a new sponge handy.
These Scotch-Brite sponges are made of cellulose derived from renewable wood pulp, so it’s a naturally tough product and provides mild abrasion for basic cleaning. The scrubber side is non-scratch, so it’s strong enough for tough messes but will not damage nonstick cookware. The sponge is curved to match the shape of your hand—this allows you to scrub with less effort and reduces fatigue from gripping the sponge. The set of six is offered at a low price, so it’s a solid option for those who are looking for a reliable product at a budget price.
BEST CLOTH: Skoy Scrub (2 Pack)
In our eco-conscious times, the concept of single-use or disposable plastics seems wasteful. The Skoy Scrub demonstrates that you can have all the scrubbing power of a disposable plastic pad in a washable, reusable cloth. Made of cotton and treated with a food-grade, non-toxic hardener, the Skoy can handle baked-on food particles and other grime, then can be tossed in the dishwasher or washing machine and re-used. Measuring 5- by 6-inches, the Skoy has excellent scrubbing power and is gentle enough to use on nonstick pans, ceramic, and countertops without scratching or damaging the dishes. This scrubber two pack is also available in packs of four or eight, offering a bright pop of color to your sink as well.
ECO-FRIENDLY PICK: Miw Piw Natural Dish Sponge Pack of 3
You’ve likely come across loofahs in the bath and body section of stores, but did you know they could also scrub dishes? For the buyer who is interested in an all-natural, waste-free product, Miw Piw offers this 3-pack of all-natural loofah cellulose scrub pads. Four layers of thick, coarse, organically-grown loofah are sewn together in a teardrop shape to create a tough sponge that can dig into tight corners. The multiple layers cause dish soap to foam easily, yet the coarse texture retains less water, so it uses the soap effectively while resisting mold and mildew. When the sponge does look worn out or soiled, boiling it in clean water for just a few minutes will restore it to like-new condition. Featuring a small loop to hang dry the Miw Piw sponges after use, the cleaners are packaged in a kraft paper bag, so there is no plastic used or wasted.
BEST STEEL: EVERMARKET Stainless Steel Sponges
For the heaviest scouring needs, stainless steel is a highly effective scrubber. EVERMARKET Stainless Steel Sponges are made from strands of stainless steel that are coiled and then coiled again, then woven together to create a rounded sponge. These sponges are designed to fit in the hand so there’s no need to pinch or grip to get the maximum effect, and the coils make them stretchy and flexible in the hand. The large exposed surface area of the steel strands makes quick work of hardened food and grease, so these sponges are ideal for grills, pots and pans, pizza stones, and ovens. They should not be used on delicate china or nonstick pans, as the scrubbers are too aggressive for those delicate surfaces. Gentle on your fingers and reusable again and again, these stainless steel cleaning tools are available in a pack of six.
BEST CHAIN MAIL: Laukingdom Cast Iron Cleaner
Cast iron is notoriously difficult to clean: harsh scrubbers will scrape through and cause rust, but when you’ve cooked something in the pan, it obviously needs cleaning. The traditional manual cleaner for cast iron pans is a chainmail cloth, and Laukingdom crafted a highly effective one. This Laukingdom scrubber is a 7-inch round cloth made from small individual loops of 304 stainless steel. The polished edges mean it won’t scratch, and the single layer of loops allows the cloth to be crumpled and pressed into grooves or small spaces—so it’s especially useful on cast iron stoves or grill grates.
The Laukingdom Cast Iron Cleaner cloth can be used on cast iron pans, hard anodized pans, stainless steel, enameled cast iron, and glass. It can be crumpled and used to scour water bottles, tall glasses, and tea and coffee pots to remove scale and residue. After cleaning, the cloth needs to be rinsed and hung by its loop to dry—food bits don’t catch in the loops because of the loop size and the cloth rinses clean easily with warm water. Your cast iron pans and other metal and glass cookware will gleam with this kitchen tool.