I used to detest sponges. (And dish rags.) Detested them. All I could think of was the smell. And the germs collecting inside. Only to be spread around on whatever you were trying to clean. It seemed to me that things would be dirtier, not cleaner, post-sponge use (or post-rag use). Yuck. And then there's the smell again. Double yuck.
So, because of this, I became A Wipe User. I've been A Wipe User for most of my adult life. Clorox Wipes. Pledge Wipes. Baby Wipes. Wet Wipes. Anything I could use to clean something up, and then throw away. I could avoid both the smell and the lingering germs this way. I keep a pretty clean house this way--all the nasty germs and smell are tightly sealed in the trash can.
The thing that really got me is that you can put it in the dishwasher to clean it. That was the kicker! I wouldn't have to worry about the smell. Or the germs. But mostly, the smell. I bought the sponge as soon as I could, and I've been completely converted. I am now A Sponge User.
I like how well it cleans and can scrub, but without scratching anything. I like that it's made from natural fibers. I like the color (it doesn't show dinginess). But best of all, I like that I can put it in the daily dishwasher cycle, and it'll be clean and ready to be used again tomorrow. (This is different than dishrags. Dishrags collect for almost a week, smelling up the laundry room, cuz I don't do laundry every single day like we run a daily load of dishes.)
I am excited about this change in my cleaning routine and excited about the money savings we'll enjoy. And, of course, the environmental savings.