Sponges can hold all kinds of germs and mold spores, so it's a good idea to clean them often. Today, I want to share 3 easy ways to clean and disinfect sponges and get rid of germs!
Being the clean freak that I am, I've gone through my fair share of sponges. They are great for scrubbing pans, wiping down countertops, cleaning sinks and so much more! Did you know that after a few different uses, your sponge can start harboring some serious germs and start growing mold and mildew inside them. I mean, have you ever left a sponge in your sink for a few days and noticed a nasty mildew smell coming from it. It's no wonder, since we use them to clean up all of our messes, right? Instead of tossing them out after a using for a few days, it's better idea to clean your sponges. It's a good idea to clean your sponges about once per week, and once they start looking shabby, it's time to toss them. Here are 3 different methods for cleaning those sponges so you can keep using them around your home...
Bleach Your Sponges
Mix ¾ cup of bleach in one gallon of water, and soak the sponge for five minutes. This will absolutely eliminate the germs in your sponges.
Microwave Your Sponges
In the microwave, saturate the sponge (I used ¼ cup of water for scrub sponges and ½ cup for cellulose); heat on High for one minute (scrub) or two minutes (cellulose). Keep an eye on it.Put a sponge into a regular dishwasher load, using the "heated dry" setting.
Wash Your Sponges in the Dishwasher
Put a sponge into a regular dishwasher load, using the "heated dry" setting. I put mine where the utensils go to keep them from bouncing around. This method should get rid of at least 99% of germs.
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