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Virtues of a simple sponge

By Ann Trieger Kurland
Globe Correspondent / December 8, 2010

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A sponge may be a simple item, but if it’s made from microfiber, it’s actually complex. Minuscule fibers are woven together in these sponges, making them more absorbent and better at picking up bacteria than ordinary kitchen sponges. Casabella, a New York company, offers microfiber sponges (two for $3.99, three for $4.99) that can wipe a fridge, table top, or counter, even sucking up fat or grease. And they don’t get slimy. The company recommends using only water on them, rather than chemical cleaners. Wash sponges by hand or on the top rack of the dishwasher; the lifespan is 1,000 cycles. A greener, cleaner way to tidy up. Available at the Container Store, 27 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-566-7400 and 1265 Worcester St., Natick, 508-655-8500,; Bed Bath & Beyond stores,; Economy True Value Hardware, 438 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-864-3300,