In recent years, there is a new favorite of the sink products: the dish wand. This tool makes dish washing much simpler and less gross. I’ll be honest, I hate washing dishes by hand because soggy food is nasty. The dish wand does all the hard work for me! From scraping food into the garbage, to mashing it down the garbage disposal, to squirting just a little more soap on a spot instead of my own elbow grease. As much as I’ve loved the dish wand, I’ve had to let it go. Here’s why:
Germ-Infested: Do you know what is the number one source of germs in your home? Your kitchen sponge! (WebMD.com). According to HomeFoodSafety.org, the best advice they have for dealing with your sponge is to clean it frequently, by microwaving, and to replace frequently. They even say that after 2 or 3 uses, your sponge may be teeming with bacteria! The best place to store your sponge is in a dry location, but if you are like me, I stored mine on one of those racks that holds the wand in place and lets all the dirty water drip down and coagulate. After considering this, I couldn’t let the convenience come before my health standards.
Costly: I am cost conscious, so I used those dish wand sponges until they were not scrubby anymore. If I had “replaced frequently” as is recommended, I would have been spending around $100 a year on sponges! Follow my math: Replacing twice a week=$1.99 (current price of Scotch Brite ) x 52 weeks= $103.48! There are sponges available that are even more expensive than this! I probably went through at least two or three actual wands too, because I broke the soap button. I can’t even calculate the how much extra soap I use with the wand, but I know instead of using one squirt in my dish water, I used multiple.
Wasteful: 104 kitchen sponges a year is a lot, especially considering many are not quickly biodegradable. This brings me to my overuse of soap. Instead of being patient and letting the hot water and soap break down the food by soaking, I just squirted more soap on the area and scrubbed harder, wasting time and money. Literally, money down the drain.
All these things considered, I am so excited for all the dish and sink products Norwex has produced, especially the Bottle Brush, and Porcelain Sink Organizer! You can have all the benefits of the dish wand without the highly disposable, costly, and germ-y aspects. Not only that, but these products are aesthetically pleasing.
The Bottle Brush is soft, flexible, non-scratching, and doesn’t harbor bacteria like the nylon bristles or rust like the metal ones. Slip on the Enviro Sleeve or the Enviro Sleeve with Scrubber to tackle tougher jobs, while still maintaining a clean tool. The BacLock™ in the Enviro sleeve will self-purify within 24 hours so it is ready for your next round of dishes. These attachments are dishwasher safe so you can quickly clean these tools too!
The Porcelain Sink Organizer is a beautiful and practical way to keep the Bottle Brush and all your other Norwex dish washing products organized and clean. There are so many ways you can use it! The cup can be used to hold the Bottle Brush or whatever you’d like. There is enough room on the tray to hold the Soap Dispenser. There is a notch that can hold your Norwex sponge of choice up to dry. Plus there is a little metal drying rack in the back so you can hang up your Norwex cloth of choice! I love that there are so many ways to customize it! It is also dishwasher safe so you can keep it clean!
It does take an investment, but this investment pays off in long term cost, health, and sustainability!