Day 241 – Sanitizing Sponges


I’m not a fan of sponges and washcloths. I would much rather use a paper towel that I know is clean and can be thrown out after I’m done using it. I’m not a big germaphob either, but salmonella really freaks me out. This tip makes me feel a lot better about using sponges though.

Just place your wet sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes. You obviously won’t want to do this with sponges that have metal in them. I’ve heard that you can put sponges in the dishwasher too, but I feel like they will hold up better in the microwave. You also don’t need to wait until you are running your dishwasher to clean your sponge.

This method is supposed to clean 99% of germs based on lab tests. Since I don’t have my own lab to test this, I just have to take their word for it. It will at least make me feel better about using sponges now.



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4 Comments… Share your views

  1. Make sure the sponge is wet before you microwave it. Otherwise it would be a disaster!

  2. I was curious about this myself after seeing a similar pin, I did a bit of research (mostly cause the package my sponge came in said not to put it in the microwave) online and basically what I found was that while a microwave would work, it wasn’t recommended-too much of a chance for things to go wrong.
    WHat was recommended (and what got rid of the most germs safely) was boiling a sponge in water for 5 min. I’ve been doing this ever since.

  3. I use my dishwasher, partly because I have a phobia of microwaves and partly because I don’t like the smell of microwaved sponge. Besides which, I usually think about needing to sanitize my sponge while I’m doing dishes anyway, so it works out well! 🙂

    Very important to sanitize your sponge regularly, whichever method you use. Like you, I’m no germaphobe, but sponges are particularly nasty harbors of bacteria. It’s just good sense to clean them.

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