Interesting - we've been using this brand/type for years, just got an 18-pack last time it was on sale at Amazon. Never noticed any unusual smell, even with the new ones, until they get quite old (several weeks, or longer if they dry thoroughly between uses).
I used to use them and didn't notice any "odor" issues. Of course, I usually either threw them in the washer, dishwasher, or microwave, then those sponges would be dedicated to bathroom cleaning, etc. (no where near food surfaces).
For the last couple of years, I have been using these http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brit...B0043OUICY
and I really think they are worth the extra little bit of difference in price. They hold up really well, too.
There is usually a $1 manufacturer's coupon to buy them by the 3-pack in local stores. Last year they had some on clearance for $1 at WalMart (not sure why, because they kept carrying them!) and so I got a bunch of them for free!
When I tried the greener clean ones they were not nearly as dense and spongy as the blue ones. I also found them harder to grip. I still use the blue for dishes and the greener clean for countertops but I'll give them another shot for dishes.
Is this cheaper than Costco? Anyone know by chance?
the price might have gone up since i bought these as 18 usually last me a while but last time i bought them, it was about $10 + tax -- so about $11 (this includes the coupon discount that comes every few times a yr on these).
The smell might be caused from washing a pan that is too hot and it scorches the sponge. I noticed a smell on a brand new sponge of a different brand after washing a skillet that was particularly hot. I made a mental note to let the pan cool down in the future and haven't had a problem since.
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