New sponge will be 'cleaner,' says 3M - Bring Me The News

New sponge will be 'cleaner,' says 3M


The lowly sponge is cleaning up its act. The Wall Street Journal reports 3M is about to introduce a revolutionary new version that won't get "gunked up" by eggs or cheese.

The Stay Clean scrubbing pad will have raised dots made of polyester resin instead of bristles.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal says 3M will give away millions of Stay Clean sponges early next year in an effort increase its 74 percent share of the U.S. market. It is also competing for market share in countries where most people don't use sponges.

The company says bacteria comes from food trapped in the sponge and not from sponges themselves, which are treated with an "antimicrobial agent." So the new sponge will be more hygienic.

The Centers for Disease Control and other medical authorities say sponges can be sources of contamination and should be dish-washed, microwaved or discarded frequently.

A headline last year in Britain's Daily Mail said sponges were filthier than toilet seats and could even lead to paralysis.

A 3M commercial says the new sponge is a response to consumer complaints.

Next Up


Ecolab launches new bio-based cleaners

Minnesota-based Ecolab Inc. has introdcued a new environmentally friendly line of bio-based cleaners for commercial uses designed for hard surfaces like glass and bathroom surfaces. The company says the products are made from "plant-derived natural resources" and don't require protective equipment for use.

3M plans new Maplewood lab

3M is planning a new lab facility at its Maplewood headquarters, the company has told employees. The facility, to be home to 700 researchers, could open by 2014, KSTP reports. The company in recent years has shifted more of its research and development work overseas.

Minn. River getting cleaner, MPCA says

Minnesota environmental officials say cleanup efforts to cut phosphorous levels in the Minnesota River are making a difference, the Star Tribune reports. After testing this summer, the Pollution Control Agency found oxygen levels in one of the state's dirtiest waterways are better than expected. The agency credits a 2004 phosphorous reduction plan for sewage treatment plants