Dishwashing isn’t everyone’s favorite task, but it’s a necessary (and frequent) chore in kitchens everywhere. Fortunately, the best dishwashing sponges can make the task faster, easier, and more effective. When shopping for a sponge, consider what kinds of tasks you need it to tackle, as some sponges are best for only washing dishes, while more absorbent ones can also mop up spills. If you’re looking for a tool to handle both dishwashing and cleaning counters, you should look for a two-in-one cellulose sponge (that’s the soft, fluffy kind of sponge) with a scouring pad on one side. Use the soft side to gently clean dishes or wipe down countertops, and the scouring pad to scrape tougher messes from dirty cookware (though you should always be careful not to scratch nonstick surfaces). Natural sponges are an eco-friendly option for anyone who needs an absorbent sponge to clean up dishes and spills. Many people also find it useful to also have a dish scrubber on hand. True to their name, dish scrubbers are designed to scrub sticky food off dishes and cookware. They tend to be firmer and typically dry quickly without absorbing as many odors. Non-absorbent silicone sponges won’t...