The Importance of Cleaning or Tossing a Sponge

101839803If you use a sponge to clean your dishes, we at Cleaner Visions: Cleaning and Home Solutions want to make sure you’re cleaning your sponge as well. Bacteria thrive in moist conditions, and the dense nature of sponges can make them even more unsanitary than a toilet seat. A sponge is therefore a natural breeding ground for bacterial contamination without proper care.

Toss Your Sponge Every Two Weeks

To avoid spreading germs as much as possible, throw out your sponge about every two weeks. If it starts to smell, toss it right away. A smelly sponge signals more than just having cleaned something really dirty. It’s also a sure sign that it is no longer sanitary and could potentially do more harm than good.

Dry Out Your Sponge Between Uses

One of the most important daily routines for sponge care is to wring out your sponge after every use and place it in a dry location. Be sure not to leave it in a sink filled with water or on a wet backsplash.

Kill Germs through Heat

One trick for keeping a sponge as clean as possible is to microwave it. Place the damp sponge in the microwave and heat it for 30 seconds. This sanitizes the sponge almost completely. Another option is to put it in the dishwasher and wash it alongside your dishes. For both of these options, you won’t want to bother doing this after you’ve used the sponge for a couple of weeks. Damaged sponges could harm your dishwasher, and sponges with dangerous bacteria could spread to your dishes instead of disappearing.

Don’t Use on Countertops or to Wipe Up Meat Juices

If a sponge is unsanitary, using it on a countertop can spread disease. Hands and food find their way to countertops frequently, and it’s possible for residue from a germ-filled sponge to contaminate food that is being prepared. Children and adults alike can place their hand on an unsanitary countertop and then get sick. Instead, use a paper towel or a disinfectant wipe on these surfaces.

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How To Clean Your Yoga Mat

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The practice of yoga is great for both the body and the mind. It’s also gentle on the joints so it is possible to do everyday especially if you have your own yoga mat at home. Keep the mat clean and fresh even with regular use with these cleaning tips:

For slightly soiled mats:

Here’s how to clean a yoga mat by hand. Dilute mild dish soap in water and spray it onto both sides. Wash off the dirt with a clean, damp sponge. Work your way throughout the entire surface. Be careful not to put too much pressure or the mat might get a tear or develop other flaws. After washing with this soapy solution, wipe off the residue with a clean sponge that is slightly damp with water. Finally, wipe things up with a towel and air dry.

For heavily soiled mats:

Sometimes we just don’t have the time to wash it so the dirt piles up and really sticks to the surface. Heavily soiled mats require more intensive cleaning. Mix soap with water in a tub and place the mat in it. Let it stand for and hour or so then begin to wash off the dirt with a soapy sponge. After you are satisfied with your work, rinse everything with water to remove the residues. Wipe with a towel and allow it to dry in the air. Do not place it under the sun.

For machine washing:

If you do not have time to do washing, then you may opt to put the mat inside the washing machine. Just remember to use a mild detergent and use the gentle cycle so as not to damage the piece. Do not do this often. Mats will only need to be clean every once in a while.

For quick drying:

Don’t put it in the dryer. Just wipe it with a towel and hang it somewhere to air dry. Or you can place a similarly sized towel on the surface, things up, and give it a good squeeze to force the water into the towel before drying.

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