Sponges are great for cleaning your dishes, but they’re also the perfect material for mold to grow in. Dirty sponges can even lead to food poisoning if they have leftover pathogens from food inside of them. The best way to avoid this situation is to keep your sponges clean and dry when you’re not using them.
Cleaning Your Sponges
There are many ways to clean your sponges but sometimes the best thing to do is just replace them. If your sponges just need a little clean up, follow one of these tips:
Soak your sponges in a mixture of bleach and water for about a minute
Run them through the dishwasher for a full cycle including a heated dry
Heat your sponges in the microwave for a minute
Don’t Use Sponges for This
Sponges are good for cleaning up plenty of messes however there are certain types that should be avoided. By using them on certain spills you can cause mold to grow inside of your sponge. Sometimes, sponges aren’t the best option. The following messes should be cleaned with paper towels or another method where you can throw out your cleaning materials:
- Cleaning up meat juices after preparing meals
Washing and disinfecting counter tops
Scrubbing walls or the inside of the refrigerator
Keep Sponges in a Dry Spot
After you wring out your sponge, it is important to put it somewhere that it will stay dry. By allowing your sponge to stay wet, you encourage the growth of mold and other bacteria that can endanger your health. Don’t ever put sponges under the sink or in a container that is closed. Always let them dry out in a bright, well-ventilated area.
Sponges should be replaced often. Don’t keep a sponge for longer than a week or two if you use it regularly. It is important to let your sponges dry out between uses and clean them if they have been used on a lot of dirty dishes. By staying on top of the cleanliness of your sponges, you will prevent health problems for you and your family.
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