The Better Sponge does the work without the ick (Photo: Better Sponge)

You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to know that your kitchen sponge is harboring terrifying bacteria. Rather than look away from the problem, why not solve it once and for all?

The Better Sponge is the nonporous alternative that does the work without the ick.

Made of silicone — and deploying thousands of teeny non-abrasive bristles — the Better Sponge is the future of cleaning. Think of it the way you think of long-lasting LED lightbulbs. It’s a little bit different from what you’re used to: It involves a minor upfront investment, but is a win-win when it comes to effectiveness, cost per use and saving the planet. That’s because the Better Sponge lasts and lasts.

The Better Sponge provides a good grip on that hard-to-open jar (Photo: Better Sponge)
The Better Sponge provides a good grip on that hard-to-open jar (Photo: Better Sponge)

It’s also more than just a sponge. Flexible enough to conform to various items (it gets into a narrow wine glass better than a classic sponge and those hard-to-clean corners), it provides a good grip on that hard-to-open jar. A built-in (but not at all annoying) suction strip lets you hang the sponge in the sink to dry. And when it needs a cleaning itself, you can pop the Better Sponge into the top rack of the dishwasher.

The 6-Piece Variety Pack is usually $40, but you can save 50 percent by getting here for just $20. (Photo: Stack Commerce)
The 6-Piece Variety Pack is usually $40, but you can save 50 percent by getting here for just $20. (Photo: Stack Commerce)

So the other rooms in your house don’t get jealous, you can buy a 6-piece variety pack that lets you share the love. Prop the bathroom with its own Better Sponge. Leave one in the basement. Believe it or not, you can even use the longer-bristled option — the orange oval in this set — to swipe pet hair off of furniture.

Go beyond spring cleaning with this upgrade, which ends your relationship with germy sponges forever. You’ll never look back. The 6-Piece Variety Pack is usually $40, but you can save 50 percent by getting here for just $20.