I used to wash my parents car when I was younger and they used sponges or old rags which can pick up dirt or debris, and can leave scratches on the car's paint. and some of those sponges/rags do not absorb enough water or soap to wash a bigger area. I love that I can just soak these wash mitts and clean a third of the car with ease. Also this mitts can pick up more debris or dirt and would be less likely to scratch the paint of the car, because the microfibers are longer and the dirt would be more on the inside of the mitt and not the outer part. I love washing my car and families cars now because these mitts makes it much easier and faster.