I prefer to use sponges with I wash dishes. There is just something about dish rags that I do not like. Plus they smell really quickly. Sponges are a lot easier to maintain and can be easily cleaned so they do not hold in any of the food smells that they are cleaning up after. I purchased these by chance one day because they were out of the regular ones that I buy. This was literally all they had that day so I didn't have a choice in the matter! I like them a lot. It was meant to be for me to buy these! They are amazing at cleaning in my kitchen. I cook daily and sometimes there can be quite the mess left over to clean (especially when my husband cooks). There are also times someone forgets a pan to wash and it gets left overnight. They can be hard to scrub especially if it is a nice non- stick pan. These sponges have a somewhat abrasive side but it is non- scratch. I clean all my non- stick pans with these sponges and not one of them has ever left a scratch on anything. They are still quite soft considering they clean pretty well. The price isn't bad for 4 of them either and they last much longer than my old sponges I was using.