As a chef I like to keep both my kitchen, and my pots and pans spotless, so finding a sponge scourer up to the task can save me time. Product price and quality can change, but I will update this post if there is a significant change to the results. The challenge pits sponge scourers from Lidl and Aldi supermarkets, Minky and an eco friendly alternative called Safix.
I know that Aldi currently (2021) have around 1,400 supermarkets in the US and Lidl are trying to play catch up with 140 stores mostly on the east coast.
This product test involves sponge scourers purchased in the UK because at this time I’m unable to buy the American versions such as, Lidl’s Scrub Pads that come in 3 packs and retail for $1.29, so I would really appreciate some feedback and thoughts from America shoppers on the US versions of sponge scourers . Three out of the four are approximately the same size and look very similar in appearance.
Overall, I am looking to to see how well both the scourer and the sponge part holds up in daily use in my kitchen and how long each one lasts before it needs changing. All of the sponge scourers will be used on dishes, pots and pans, counter tops, tile backsplash and my stove top in a genuine real world test to see which is the best value for money. I have not been sent any samples and this test is based on products I have bought myself.
None of the sponge scourers are left in the hot soapy water because this will shorten the life of sponge scourer, causing the sponge to separate from the scourer more quickly. After each use the sponge scourer is rinsed and squeezed out again to prolong its life.
Minky Wash Pads (Best current price £1.00 for a 4 pack)
First up was Minky, the sponge side seemed softer than the more rigid sponge on the other 2 contenders but this turned out not to affect its performance. The sponge absorbed very little grease and the scourer lasted an impressive 15 days. The scourer had a some visible wear and tear but it was still firmly attached to the sponge. Only after the test did I read in Minky’s product description that it is formulated to repel grease to extend the life of Minky’s scrubbing pad, and it clearly did that!
Each Wash Pad costs 25 pence, lasted 15 days so approximate cost per Day 1.7 pence
Lidl (Currently 65 pence for a 6 pack)
On the surface the Lidl sponge scourers are very similar in price, size and shape to Aldi’s sponge scourer, they both are shaped the same to make them easy to grip, but that is where the comparison ends. After just 2 days the scourer began to separate from the sponge.
The Lidl sponge although firmer in texture than the Minky when new, it seemed to absorb and retain more grease which isn’t good when you want clean china, pots and pans. By day 6 the Lidl sponge scourer was both too greasy to use and the scourer part was ineffectual because it was by now quite soft and was coming away from the sponge, even leaving minute particles of the green scourer when I scrubbed the white tile backsplash in my kitchen.
Each Lidl sponge scourer cost 10.83 pence, lasted for 6 days, approximate Cost per Day 1.8 pence
Safix Scrub Pad £2.00 each
As a food writer, I get sent hundreds of food related emails so when I read an email about an eco-friendly scourer I felt I should add this product to the mix for review. Safix is made from organic coconut fibre, is biodegradable and compostable. The makers also claim it stays fresh and effective for months, uses less soap but produces more suds. It also claims it is all surface friendly and yet it will remove most baked on grease, but will not scratch your non-stick pans or delicate china. That is quite a list of claims so we will see how it gets on! I know that this product is also available in the US, Australia and New Zealand.
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