O-Cedar Multi-Use Scrunge Scrub Sponge, 6-Pack

Last updated date: April 11, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 21 expert reviews, the O-Cedar O-Cedar Multi-Use Scrunge Scrub Sponge, 6-Pack placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 22, 2020:
Checkout The Best Cleaning Sponge for a detailed review of all the top cleaning sponges.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
2,530 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Thanks to a unique rippled surface that breaks up and lifts away dirt, it takes one-tenth the amount of elbow grease to remove debris than other sponges.
- Your Best Digs
The rinse-fresh technology featured in these pieces prevent the sponge from smelling.
- Top Guide Pro
These classic sponges include soft and rough sides as well as a curved design for a better grip. They do not scratch and are designed with durability in mind — plus, they don't smell.
- The Spruce
It looks like a traditional, flat sponge—but it’s better. Its scrubbing surface is heavily textured and gritty, so it’s especially effective at dislodging cooked-on food and grease.
- Cook's Illustrated
The Scrunge is Amazon's reigning sponge champion, with 80% of its current 1,414 reviewers giving it a five-star rating. The scrubber part of this sponge is more substantial than other picks, at about 1/4 of an inch thick, and has a unique, rippled texture for scrubbing off gunk without scratching up cookware surfaces.
- Best Products
Multipurpose
- Food Shark Marfa
What experts didn't like
Can smell quite soon after starting to use
- Food Shark Marfa

From The Manufacturer

The powerful, yet gentle Scrunge cleaning sponge uses the only durable non-scratch scrubbing surface recommended by Teflon quality nonstick coatings. Rated "The Best Kitchen Sponge" by Cooks Illustrated, published May 2019, after extensive testing in America’s Test Kitchen.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Mr. Clean Durafoam Magic Eraser Pads, 9-Count
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 1
2. Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, 6-Pack
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 5
3. STK Extra Thick Magic Cleaning Pads, 20-Pack
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 0
4. Oh My Clean Premium Melamine Cleaning Sponge, 20-Pack
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 0
5. O-Cedar Multi-Use Scrunge Scrub Sponge, 6-Pack
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 6
6. QEP Grout & Washing Sponge, 6-Pack
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Scrub-It Non-Scratch Microfiber Sponge, 6-Pack
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 1
8. AIDEA Heavy Duty Stink Free Scrub Sponge 6-Pack
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
10. Treenewbid Non-Scratch Cleaning Sponge, 24-Pack
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 0

An Overview On Cleaning Sponges

While keeping your home or job site clean isn’t exactly a fun job, there are tools that help make the task a little easier and more pleasant. A quality cleaning sponge is one of those tools.

The two basic cleaning sponges on the market today are cellulose sponges and melamine sponges. Cellulose sponges are more affordable and last longer than melamine sponges, however, melamine sponges clean without the use of any additional chemicals. They are also able to remove an abundance of tough stains.

If you opt for a cellulose sponge, look for one that is two-sided. For example, the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, 6-Pack is soft on one side and rough on the other. The abrasive side is able to lift away stuck-on foods without damaging any surfaces. This includes cookware that has a nonstick coating.

Melamine sponges, like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Pads, 8-Count, contain no harsh chemicals and activate with just a little warm tap water. They also work so well that you won’t even need much elbow grease to get dirt and grime to disappear.

It is important to shop for melamine sponges that are listed as professional quality, otherwise, you run the risk of the sponge ripping and falling apart after just one use. The Oh My Clean Premium Melamine Cleaning Sponge, 20-Pk is twice as thick as other brands, so you don’t have to worry about replacing the sponges as often.

As you narrow down your choices, don’t forget to take the type of surface you plan to clean into consideration, as well as the specific stain. The STK Extra Thick Magic Cleaning Pads, 20-Pack is able to handle a wide variety of surfaces, including leather, marble and steel. It is also capable of lifting away scuff marks, kitchen grease and even permanent marker.

DWYM Fun Fact

Before manufactured sponges became popular, people could harvest and use natural sea sponges. Did you know that sea sponges actually have a 200-year life span? Another fun fact is that these sea creatures are actually classified as animals and not plants. You’ll find over 5,000 different sea sponge species throughout the world.

Because they are so absorbent and easy to clean, many contractors actually use natural sea sponges to clean up after they’ve completed a job. Bath and body stores also sell natural sponges for use in the shower, as many of the sponge varieties are great for exfoliating the skin.

The Cleaning Sponge Buying Guide

  • Certain cleaning sponges contain chemicals. They should not be used on skin, as they can cause redness, irritation and even abrasions.
  • Store your sponges out of the reach of children and small pets. Cleaning sponges not only pose a choking hazard when chewed, but some also have ingredients that are not meant to be swallowed.
  • Some cleaning sponges are not washable, while others can be tossed in the dishwasher, cleaned and reused again and again. Always read the product label to determine which category your sponge falls in.
  • There are users who swear that hand cleaning your sponges on a daily basis is the best way to extend their life. A grease-fighting dish soap works best.
  • Porous sponges (not melamine versions) can be used in a variety of craft projects. You can use them to create a unique pattern when painting a wall or turn them into cute sailboats or sea creatures.
  • Consider opting for a cleaning sponge set that comes with a customer satisfaction guarantee or a money-back guarantee. That way, if the sponge comes damaged or doesn’t live up to the company’s claim, you can request a replacement or a refund.
  • Determine the price per sponge first before comparing which cleaning sponge set is the better buy. To do this, you’ll need to divide the total cost by the number of sponges in the set. The STK Extra Thick Magic Cleaning Pads, 20-Pack is among the most affordable with the Oh My Clean Premium Melamine Cleaning Sponge, 20-Pk not far behind. You’ll find the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Pads, 8-Count is moderately priced, while the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge, 6-Pack has the highest price tag of the bunch.