If 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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