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Best Way to Get Germs Off a Kitchen Sponge

Even if you wash your kitchen sponge regularly, it can still be full of bacteria. In fact, studies show that the average kitchen sponge can contain up to a million more germs than a toilet seat! And if you're not careful, those germs can make it onto your dishes, your drinking glasses, and your countertops.

Fortunately, the best way to decontaminate a sponge is also the easiest. Just rinse it, wring it out, and microwave it for 30 to 60 seconds. The microwave will kill those nasty germs dead.

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In fact, studies show that the average kitchen sponge can contain up to a million more germs than a toilet seat!

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A quick solution that will be easy to incorporate into my daily cleaning regime! :whistling:

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Just soak it in a solution of 10% bleach and 90% water then let it air dry for the next use. :whistling:

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Just soak it in a solution of 10% bleach and 90% water then let it air dry for the next use. :whistling:


Are all those germs really bad for you? What happens if you just rinse it out with soap and water or run it through the dishwasher?

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why not just buy a new one its easyer :whistling: :rolleyes:

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why not just buy a new one its easyer :whistling: :rolleyes:



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To get a bit off subject, but sort of on the same one....
My mom showed me once how difficult it is to get something back out of a sponge.
She took a mildly wet sponge and squirted it with dish soap.
Then said, let's see how long it takes under running water to get the soap back out of this sponge.
We rinsed it, then squeezed it out, and kept repeating that time and time again.
Each time, it still produced the bubbles.
We must have done it 50 times before the soap bubbles got fewer at all.
And still, there were bubbles.
She explained...
this is what your mind and spirit are like.
If you get the wrong kind of stuff inside, it takes a long, long time for the bad stuff to get back out again.
Even with running water and squeezing it out time and time again.
It really stuck with me through the years.
Good lesson with a simple sponge.
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I'm paranoid about the germs in my kitchen sponge so, after a week or so, it's relegated to cleaning the bathtub, etc. and I put a new one in the kitchen. They really ARE a source of a lot of bacteria. :whistling:

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To get a bit off subject, but sort of on the same one....
My mom showed me once how difficult it is to get something back out of a sponge.
She took a mildly wet sponge and squirted it with dish soap.
Then said, let's see how long it takes under running water to get the soap back out of this sponge.
We rinsed it, then squeezed it out, and kept repeating that time and time again.
Each time, it still produced the bubbles.
We must have done it 50 times before the soap bubbles got fewer at all.
And still, there were bubbles.
She explained...
this is what your mind and spirit are like.
If you get the wrong kind of stuff inside, it takes a long, long time for the bad stuff to get back out again.
Even with running water and squeezing it out time and time again.
It really stuck with me through the years.
Good lesson with a simple sponge.
:blink:

:rolleyes:

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Just soak it in a solution of 10% bleach and 90% water then let it air dry for the next use. :rolleyes:


Yep, Clorox will kill anything growing on that sponge! :blink: It's cheap, too. :th_praying:

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Just soak it in a solution of 10% bleach and 90% water then let it air dry for the next use. :blink:


Yep, Clorox will kill anything growing on that sponge! :th_praying: It's cheap, too. :emot-hug:


Or you could go rent some teen aged boys. No the counters wont be clean, but the sponge will never be full of unwanted bacteria either.

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I'm paranoid about the germs in my kitchen sponge so, after a week or so, it's relegated to cleaning the bathtub, etc. and I put a new one in the kitchen. They really ARE a source of a lot of bacteria. :rolleyes:


iS IT GOOD TO PUT BACTERIA IN YOUR BATHTUB?

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Or you could go rent some teen aged boys. No the counters wont be clean, but the sponge will never be full of unwanted bacteria either.

:rolleyes:

I don't get it. :blink:

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Or you could go rent some teen aged boys. No the counters wont be clean, but the sponge will never be full of unwanted bacteria either.

:laugh:

I don't get it. :whistling:

Kind of hard to get bacteria in the sponge if the sponge is never used . . . .

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Best Way to Get Germs Off a Kitchen Sponge

Even if you wash your kitchen sponge regularly, it can still be full of bacteria. In fact, studies show that the average kitchen sponge can contain up to a million more germs than a toilet seat! And if you're not careful, those germs can make it onto your dishes, your drinking glasses, and your countertops.

Fortunately, the best way to decontaminate a sponge is also the easiest. Just rinse it, wring it out, and microwave it for 30 to 60 seconds. The microwave will kill those nasty germs dead.


yep, most water closet seats are pretty clean, as is the water in the bowl, we are so paranoid about germs in and on the stool, we ensure it is clean, but the sink and tub are your worse area's of growth because we have a mind set, the only thing there is water and soap, oh yeah those and the floor, carpet in the bath room is worse then a sponge in the kitchen......

on the kitchen counters, we cut meat, veggies, drip grease, milk, flour and all sorts of things, flies gather to help clean up the moisture and ants find their way in, especially during wet weather conditions. then we get the little flat brown or black critters that most people think only show up in dirty houses, and they walk across the counter looking for moisture as well (roaches).

and then we use a sponge over and over and over again with out proper cleaning or exchange.......

sponges are just nasty...........

how about the ones on a stick that we use to clean the baby bottle? eeeeeuuuuuuwwwww!!!!!!!

please, i ask again, for your childs sake, PLEASE, use a brush and ensure it is cleaned and sanitized prior to putting a way and then ensure it dries before it is placed in a drawer, we put a cup hook under the counter to hang it from so that it could dry good....

sponges, use them once, clean properly, or get rid of...

mike

P.S. the worse place to store your tooth brush is the bathroom, the humidity, the heat, excellent place for growth in a damp object that has mouth bacteria all over it.....

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Moved from General Discussion to Cooking Tips and Tricks

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Moved from General Discussion to Cooking Tips and Tricks



HUH? Who is cooking with a dirty kitchen sponge? :emot-pray:

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I'm paranoid about the germs in my kitchen sponge so, after a week or so, it's relegated to cleaning the bathtub, etc. and I put a new one in the kitchen. They really ARE a source of a lot of bacteria. :laugh:


iS IT GOOD TO PUT BACTERIA IN YOUR BATHTUB?



No; I use the old sponge to scrub my bathtub with Comet, then I throw it away. Bacteria is much less harmful in the tub than in the kitchen. :emot-pray:




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