Best Bet: Green Cleaners

Last week’s miserable “wintry mix” notwithstanding, the time for spring-cleaning is nigh. Start by upgrading one of your most-used washing utensils: the scrubber. These Japanese-made scouring cloths ($6.95 at Green Depot, 222 Bowery, nr. Prince St.; 212-226-0444) get their abrasive edge from corncobs and peach pits, so they’ll attack pot-roast residue without taking the finish off your cookware. The spaghetti-like design is flexible enough to squeeze into tight corners, leaving pans immaculate and ready for a nice light garden sauté.

The Best Bet [NYM]