Replacing the kitchen sponge when it gets gross and crusted over with bits of old food is a simple task, and yet most of us seem to forget to do it. What ends up happening is we use the same sponge for weeks at a time until enough large soggy pieces have flaked off.
Enter the Kamenoko Tawashi scrubber! This Japanese brush is more or less exactly the same as when it was first introduced to Japanese households more than 100 years ago. It’s made of durable, waterproof palm fibers that are way tougher than the rough side of a kitchen sponge, but gentle enough that you don’t have to worry about it scratching up your Dutch oven. The tiny metal loop at the top can be used to hang it from a hook when not in use.
Hardened mac-and-cheese, burnt crusties, gloppy oatmeal bits, scrambled egg dregs, grease—they’re all no match for the Kamenoko Tawashi scrubber. The stiff bristles are also great for scrubbing vegetables like carrots and radishes. And on top of all that, fits nicely in the palm of your hand! Any crusty bits that get caught in the scrubber’s bristles easily dislodge under running water, so no need to worry about it getting gross over time.