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3 ways to safely sanitize your sponge.

It should come as no surprise that sponges rank right up there as one of the dirtiest items in the typical kitchen. They are put to work on a variety of cleaning tasks, from scrubbing dirty dishes to wiping up drips and spills. Due to their absorbancy, the material they are made from and what they are typically used for, they excel at trapping germs, food particles and general nastiness. With minimal care for your sponges to ensure that they are not only clean but have a long life span as well.

Today I’m sharing my favorite 3 methods to clean and sanitize your sponge safely and effectively. While bleach might seem like the obvious choice, I prefer to stick with non chemical methods and cleaners that are safe in the home and around children. Pick your favorite method to clean your sponge easily and safely.

If you use a kitchen sponge daily to wash dishes and wipe surfaces, you should also disinfect your sponge daily to keep kitchen bacteria from being spread as your washing dishes and wiping down surfaces. A sponge will last two-three weeks with daily disinfection with out disintigrating or losing its effectiveness. Toss your sponge when it starts to show ware.

Dishwasher method.

This method is great for an end of the day routine and its what I do with my kitchen sponge (and I also wash the scrubber of my dish wand nightly too). After finishing up with your sponge, give it a good rinse and squeeze and put it on the top rack of your dish washer. Be sure to use the heated dry option if your able to. The next morning, or when the cycle is complete and has cooled, squeeze, and your sponge is ready to go.

Microwave method.

This method is perfect for the middle of the day when you have used your sponge to wipe up lunch remnants or errant drips and spills and want to give it a quick yet effective clean. Begin by rinsing it out and get it as crumb free and dirt free as possible. Saturate it with enough water that is soaked but not dripping profusely. You want it to be wet enough that the heat from your microwave doesn’t burn the sponge but not so wet that it leaves a puddle in your microwave. A minute on high should be sufficient to clean your sponge, but keep an eye on it reguardless. Be sure to let it cool before removing it.

Vinegar method.

If you don’t have a microwave, perfer not to use one or are looking for a different method to clean your sponge, a good soak in vinegar also does the trick. Fill a container with enough full strength vinegar to submerge the sponge. Rinse the sponge throughly to remove any solid particles or remnants first. Allow the sponge to soak for a good 5 minutes, rinse, squeeze and use. That’s it.

All three methods of sponge cleaning do a superior job at disinfecting and killing germs and pathogens that can make your family sick. Make sponge cleaning a part of your kitchen cleaning routine to give germs the boot.

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