We recently introduced an expanded line of Twist eco-cleaning products, so I thought it was time we gave some of them a test spin to see just how they compared with other kitchen cleaning tools. Because of its slightly risqué name and its green design, I thought the Twist Naked Sponge would be a great place to get started. Normally, I don't use a sponge to clean my home, as I've never been happy with how well synthetic sponges work, so I was curious to see if I liked using the natural sponge any better.Getting Started
The Twist Naked Sponge is made from 100 percent cellulose rather than synthetic fibers, and you can see right away that it's free of dyes from its pure white color. When I unwrapped the sponge from its cover, I noticed that it had a slightly slippery or greasy surface. In comparison to most sponges, which are light and foamy, the Naked Sponge feels much more dense and heavy.The Spill
To get things started, my kitchen assistant and I spilled some strawberry-kiwi juice on my counter top. Before cleaning, I placed the sponge in the corner of the mess and watched at it instantly lifted the juice from the counter. The sponge proved to be very absorbent; after just 2 minutes, it had sucked up most of the juice, so it required only two wipes to get the counter clean. When the mess was gone, I rinsed the sponge, and it was as good as new without any staining. I did notice that the sponge produced foam when I squeezed it, even though I hadn't put any soap on it. I assume this is from the natural oils in the cellulose, which also gave the sponge that slippery texture.
My assistant had just been telling me that he wanted to get his car detailed, so we decided to head out of the kitchen and give the Naked Sponge a try on his dashboard. We started with the sponge just slightly damp and were amazed at how much invisible dirt the sponge picked up with just one wipe. We were able to easily clean the entire dashboard without having to rinse the sponge, and again, it came clean easily when the job was finished.
In my opinion, the Twist Naked sponge is definitely better at cleaning that synthetic sponges. None of the sponges I've tried at home in the past could have cleaned up a spill so quickly, and my assistant was so pleased with how it worked on his dashboard that he asked if he could take the second sponge in the set home with him. All in all, the Twist Naked Sponge earns the Paperless Kitchen seal of approval!