Perhaps I am strange in that I prefer to use a sponge over a washcloth for dish washing, but I’ve found it to be slightly more effective, particularly on the wonderful hardened crusties. Since our dishwasher is me, our sponge sees a bit more mileage than the average kitchen sponge. I hated coming to the continual realization that the sponge remained damp even after I squeezed it out (and knowing that moisture is a great breeding ground for microorganisms!), and wanted a way for the sponge to dry.
For months, I had resting on my counter a “mesh” business card holder that I planned to turn into a verse card holder. One day, I realized that because it was mesh, I could place the sponge on it and allow it to air-dry between use.
It has been faithful my sponge holder ever since!