How clean is your sponge?

What’s the Best Way to Clean a Sponge?

It doesn’t matter how good you are at cleaning your sponges and clothes – as they won’t last forever. Even slightly smelly sponges should be disposed of. These innocent-looking objects are hotbeds of germs that can quickly become one of the filthiest things in your kitchen – this is the reason you should clean seemingly fresh sponges every three or four days at the very least. Your cleaner will be very happy! Here are two sponge-cleaning tricks:

Bleaching

Mix up 1/4 cup of bleach in half a gallon of water and soak the sponge for five minutes, then rinse – and that’s it. This will kill 99.9% of the main bacteria strains.

Microwave

A microwave is one of the most effective at eliminating 99.9% of germs. What you have to do is saturate the sponge in water and then put it in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave, saturating it in water. Then heat it on high for one to two mins.

Dishwasher

Dishwashing your sponges also killed 99.9% of germs. Just add your sponge to a regular dishwashing load using the “heated dry” setting.

Vinegar

This method eliminated 99.6% of bacteria. All you have to do is soak your sponge with white vinegar for five minutes, then rinse well.

Cloths

These can go directly into a washing machine and bob’s your uncle! Re-usable time and time again!

Natural sponges are more durable and last longer than synthetic sponges because they are more resistant to abrasion. They have been known to last as long as 8 years! Synthetic sponges will only last a very short time before they start falling apart and getting covered with mildew and bacteria.

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