Nowadays sponges have really gotten a very bad rap- it's now being referred to as the bad stuff. They shrink really fast and smell as though each one of them comes with a little animal in there that dies in a few days after being drowned repeatedly in the sink.
But hey, you've gotta clean your dishes somehow!
Today though, you can get great sponges and scrubbers that are entirely different. They clean different, smell different and stay different. Just pick your favorite pieces from this page.