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Goodbye Germs – How clean is your Sponge?

Goodbye Germs – How clean is your Sponge? 30 Jun

You use your kitchen sponge for a variety of cleaning tasks around the kitchen – wiping surfaces, washing pots and pans and mopping up spills to name but a few. With this in mind, it’s hugely important to ensure that your sponge is clean and germ free.

You might be surprised to find out that – in fact – your kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest items in your kitchen, and if you continue to use it without proper care, then you are essentially spreading germs and dirt every time you attempt to clean your kitchen!

Due to their material and consistency, sponges are expert dirt and grime trappers; they are left warm and moist which makes them the perfect breeding ground for germs.

Obviously you can simply dispose of a used sponge at the end of every day and use a fresh one the next day, but this isn’t economical nor is it necessary. There are many ways of simply sanitising your sponge so it stays as good as new for a week or so.

Goodbye Germs – How clean is your sponge?

Method One – The Dishwasher Method

Image credit: Shutterstock/photopixel
Image credit: Shutterstock/Photopixel

This method works best at the end of your cleaning routine each day. After you finish using your sponge for the evening, give it a good rinse to get any visible dirt off and squeeze until it’s no longer dripping. Then put it in with your dishes on the top rack of your dishwasher and let it go through its normal washing cycle. If you have a Heated Dry option then this is the best option to go for, but by no means is this necessary if your dishwasher doesn’t have this function.

Then the following morning when the dishwasher has completed its cleaning cycle, unload it as normal and take out your sponge. Let it cool, give it a good squeeze and then it’s good to go for another day of cleaning!

Method Two – The Microwave Method

Image credit: Shutterstock/Kostenko Maxim
Image credit: Shutterstock/Kostenko Maxim

This method is great if you get half way through a really good clean up (washing up after a big lunch party or mopping up a particularly brutal spillage) and realise that your sponge needs cleaning – and you simply can’t wait until the end of the day!

A quick and effective way to clean is to rinse out your sponge, getting rid of any visible dirt, crumbs or remains of a spillage, then squeeze it out until you can no longer see any grime. Put it back under the tap and saturate it with water to the point where it is saturated but not dripping everywhere.

You’re going to put it in the microwave, so you need it wet enough that it won’t burn but you also don’t want it to leave a big trail of water behind. Turn the microwave on for one minute on a high setting – this should be enough to kill germs and get your sponge sufficiently clean. Be sure to let it cool before you go to use it again.

Method Three – The Vinegar Method

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Although the microwave method is simple, quick and effective, not everyone has the luxury of a microwave as part of their kitchen artillery.

If this is the case, then all you need is a bottle of vinegar and some elbow grease to clean your sponge effectively and rid it of germs.

Simply fill a bucket/container/bowl with your vinegar, give you sponge a rinse to get rid of any solid particle of dirt and then drop it in and leave it submerged to have a good soak. Wait around 5-10 minutes and then take the sponge out and rinse it thoroughly under the tap to remove the vinegar. Then simply wring out and use!

Finally, there’s also the option of using something strong like bleach or chemical cleaning products to sanitise your sponge, but these are harsh and unnecessary.  All three of the above methods are natural and easy to complete – and each and every one will get your sponge spick and span in no time with relatively little effort.

Make sponge cleaning a part of your daily routine; it’s simple, not time consuming and it could keep your family safe from germs and falling ill.


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