Stop Everything And Throw Out Your Kitchen Sponge Right Now

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You've got to give your sponge a little TLC, too.

Sponges are a super useful kitchen and household cleaning tool, but they can often be neglected.

Sponges should be cleaned and rotated out frequently--otherwise you're setting yourself up to spread bacteria and food-borne pathogens on your dishes and counter tops. Sponges can hide scary things: E. coli, salmonella, yeast, and mold.

Think about it: you're using them to clean the gross...they're soft and they soak up the gross. Check out these dos and don'ts to reduce your spongy gross factor.

  • Sanitize your sponge once it starts to smell (see below for tips on how-to!)
  • Throw out your sponge and start fresh once a month
  • Rinse thoroughly after using to make sure to remove any debris or pieces of food
  • Wring it out well after use
  • Store in a dry place

  • Wipe up meat juices. Use a paper towel and then follow with disinfectant.
  • Wipe down counter tops or dishes with a smelly sponge. You're probably leaving it dirtier than you found it.
  • Use a slimey sponge. Just throw it out.

How To Sanitize Your Sponge

Bleach Method
Mix together 3/4 cup bleach into one gallon of water and soak the sponge for five minutes. Wring dry into the sink and store in a dry place.

Microwave Method
Saturate the sponge and heat on high for two minutes. CAREFUL! Don't remove it right away or you will regret it--it will be HOT. Allow it to sit for a few minutes in the microwave before touching it.

The Dishwasher Method
Add sponge to a regular dishwasher load and run. Just make sure to select "heated dry" setting.

Enjoy your fresh sponge.

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