Made from thin ribbons of fine-grit sandpaper, the Sandclean scrubber (written-up by Oliver Schwaner-Albright and photographed by Jens Mortensen for the New York Times here) out-performs sponges and steel wool alike by removing tea and coffee stains, cleaning vegetables, and getting tough on grills, stovetops, ovens, bathtubs, sinks, and more. Also, the biodegradable design won't rust, needs less detergent than its bacteria-collecting counterparts, and makes washing-up at least look more fun. Starts at $7.50 from Korin Trading Company.