Shoppers Say These 'Workhorse' Sponge Cloths Last for Months, and They're $2 Apiece Right Now

They’re the “perfect replacement” for paper towels and dishcloths.

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Close up of Five Two reusable cloths
Photo: Nordstrom

Paper towels typically fall apart with big spills. Dishcloths can feel bulky and non-absorbent. And don't get us started on how unsanitary your sponge is. If you're frustrated with your kitchen cleaning options, check out this smart, sustainable solution that's marked down at Nordstrom.

The Five Two by Food52's Compostable Sponge Cloths combine the strengths of a sponge, dishcloth, and paper towel into one streamlined package. Both sturdy and absorbent, they're great for wiping down the counter, washing dishes, drying drinkware, and scrubbing stuck-on stains. And while the 10-piece set typically costs $29, you can get it for just $19 right now.

Set of 10 Compostable Sponge Cloths
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To buy: Five Two by Food52 Set of 10 Compostable Sponge Cloths, $19 (originally $29) at

Measuring 6.75 inches wide and 8 inches long, the cloths are a bit smaller than a standard paper towel sheet, but they're much stronger. They can hold up to 16 times their weight in water without tearing and are machine-washable and dishwasher-safe, too. In fact, one reviewer said their cloth "still looks like new," even after four months of washing every day. (When they do wear down, you can toss them in the compost and they'll decompose in six weeks.)

The Five Two by Food52 sponge cloths are made from 100% plant-based cellulose, which users say dries quickly and doesn't absorb unpleasant odors or mildew. They're also less likely to show stains thanks to their gray body, and they come in five different-colored checkered patterns that makes it handy to separate them for cleaning tasks.

The set has a 4.6-star rating on Nordstrom's site, with users calling it a "workhorse" and a "game changer." Several say they've swapped out their dishcloths and paper towels with the Swedish-made sponge cloths, with one describing them as the "perfect replacement."

And while we're partial to cleaning the kitchen, it's worth noting that reviewers also keep the cloths in the bathroom and car. You never know where you'll encounter a spill.

Right now, you can save $10 on the 10-piece set of sponge cloths by heading to Nordstrom. But don't wait — there's no telling how long this discount will last.

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