Now, what I am proposing is not a full germ-induced meltdown, because the world is filled with all sorts of unavoidable bacteria. Instead, I’m calling for an orderly switch to the kitchen brush. That’s right: The quick-drying, eco-friendly, easy-to-use, and, ultimately, far more hygienic cleaning tool of choice for your dinnerware.
While there are plenty of sanitary measures we can all take to see that our household sponge does not become a horror show, the reality is there is just too much unnecessary upkeep required. Who has time to thoroughly wash their sponge after every single use or, worse, restock at the grocery store every single week? Not us brush toters.
A brush, unlike the highly absorbent sponge (which becomes a bacteria hotbed when dampened), responds well to a simple cleaning with hot water and detergent every few days. If you’re going to be using the brush daily, soaking the bristles in distilled white vinegar for a couple of hours once a week is highly recommended. Or, you can toss it in the dishwasher if that’s something you own. (Congrats!)
Another thing brushes have on sponges? A handle. That means your hands never have to come in contact with your water supply and you can crank that scalding heat for maximum cleanliness whenever you please.
With all that in mind, we’ve rounded up three Journal-approved brushes to scrub away your former germ-y days in the kitchen.