Like a lot of people, I use sponges in my kitchen on a regular basis – to wash dishes, wipe the counters and clean up small spills. But while sponges are handy and convenient, it’s often said that the average kitchen sponge is the biggest source of germs in the entire house (from WebMD).
Here are three methods for keeping your sponge clean:
1. Wet your sponge and pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Be careful because it will be very hot when it’s finished, so let it sit for a while.
2. If you run your dishwasher on a hot cycle, stick your sponge in when you run it.
3. Wash your sponges in the laundry with your other rags, using bleach and hot water. You can run them through the dryer, but they’ll last longer if you pull them out and let them air dry.
No matter which method you use, it’s important to change and wash your sponges every one to two days. They may wear out a little faster from running through a hot wash, but if you buy good quality sponges, they should still last for 6-12 months, and you won’t have to worry about spreading germs around in the meantime!