Last Updated: December 29, 2022

6 best dish brushes & scrubbers.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 7 min read

Have you ever encountered that one piece of stuck-on food that just won't quit? We have too, which is why finding an effective dish brush or scrubber that actually works (and is natural and won't harm your family or environment) seems like a dream. The best dish scrubbers we've found work hard to scrub off food and grime while remaning gentle enough to work on your best dishes and glasses.

Whether you like sponges, dish brushes, or soap dispensing dish brushes with handles, you shouldn't struggle to find the best scrub brushes for dishes. To help you out, we've put together Grove members' favorite dish cleaners that are top-rated so you already have some ideas of how they work and if these dish scrubbers are worth your time (and arm strength).

This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Grove Co. Bubble Up Replacement Dish Brush

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Give your original Bubble Up base extra staying power with a new brush that makes it as good as new. There’s nothing like a fresh start, right?
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2. Grove Co. Replaceable Head Dish Brush

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We thought about everything we wanted in a dish brush when designing this product.
With a sleek, eco-friendly bamboo handle, curved bristles for effective scrubbing and a replaceable head, it's the dish brush of your dreams.
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3. Full Circle Tenacious C Cast Iron Brush

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Get your cast-iron pans clean without a ton of elbow grease by using this Full Circle Tenacious C Cast Iron Brush to help you. It features recycled-nylon bristles that are made tough to tackle caked-on messes and a built-in scraper to get even the most dreaded cleaning jobs done right. Plus, this cast-iron pan cleaner has an easy-to-grab bamboo …

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4. Grove Co. Replaceable Head Walnut Scrubber Brush

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The sponge vs. brush debate is settled! Our Replaceable Head Walnut Scrubber gives you the non-abrasive cleaning power of a sponge with the convenient dexterity of a brush. Best of all? You can replace the head whenever needed for a tool that is good as new.

Not suitable for those with nut allergies
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5. Grove Co. Bottle Brush

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Our bottle brush with universal wand is perfect for cleaning reusable water bottles, narrow glasses, and even baby bottles. The brush with head measures 2.5" x 2.5" x 11.5".

You might also need:

1 Bottle Brush Head x 1 Universal Wand
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6. Full Circle Suds Up Soap Dispensing Dish Brush

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Never bristle at the thought of doing dishes again. This Full Circle Suds Up Soap Dispensing Dish Brush makes it easy to scrub away dried-on food and sauces. Plus, it’s non-toxic and gives you the convenience of a scrubbing brush without too much excess waste. Its tough-cleaning bristles make the perfect teammate for its easy-to-use soap dispensing …

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How do you clean your dish brush?

On top of cleaning your actual dishes you do also have to clean your dish brushes and sponges from time to time too. But, once you get in the habit of washing your dish cleaning tools with some of these helpful tips, it won't seem that out of the ordinary to remember to do it. And, if that's not enough to get you cleaning your dish brush or sponge, then think about this: Cleaning up from a single meal with a dirty sponge can spread harmful bacteria to up to 90 percent of kitchen surfaces, resulting in the spread of foodborne illnesses.

The easiest ways to clean your dish brush or sponge is in the dishwasher or in the microwave.

Can you put dish brushes in the dishwasher?

If you read our last FAQ, then you should know that, yes, you can put dish brushes in the dishwasher. However, if washing your brush in the dishwashing machine is how you want to go, there are a few more things to remember:

  • Dish brushes should go on the top rack of the dishwasher
  • Washing dish brushes in the dishwasher doesn't remove 100% of the bacteria (the microwave is better at that)
  • Dish brushes with special handles, like bamboo, may not be able to go into the dishwasher. If it is marked dishwasher-safe, you're fine to follow the steps above. If it's not marked dishwasher-safe, stick to handwashing with soap and water. The sponge should detach from the handle and you can place that part in the dishwasher by itself.

How often should you replace a dish brush head?

Most dish brush heads last around 3-4 months, if you clean them regularly and haven't used them for anything ... gross (think raw meats, etc.). Monitor your dish brush or sponge to see if the bristles are starting to go in all different directions or it's changed color significantly from the color it was when purchased. These signs may signal that a replacement brush head or sponge is needed before the 3–4 month general timing.

Buying a dish brush with a replaceable head creates less waste too (because you do have to replace the dish brush to prevent germs and to get the most effective clean). You can also look at dish brushes and sponges made out of natural materials, like these Grove Co. dish sponges made out of crushed walnut. Note: don't use these if you have a nut allergy!

What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.

If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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