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Time to Replace Your Kitchen Sponges?

Stop cleaning with dirty sponges.

Sponge being rinsed under water
Lots of hidden bacteria can be hiding in your old sponge.

You're constantly using your kitchen sponge to clean the dishes, but how often are you cleaning your sponge? If not cleaned properly, your kitchen sponge could be a home for lots of bacteria. Here's how to get clean dishes and a clean sponge.

Clean your sponge

The best way to clean and reuse a sponge is to get rid of the lingering bacteria. After each use be sure to rinse and wring out your sponge each time. Keep them in an open dish so that they can dry thoroughly. To remove the bacteria, place your sponge in the top rack of the dishwasher with the drying cycle on.

Watch out for strange odors

If you start to notice a strange odor coming from your sponge it is a sign of bacteria accumulating on the surface. Rather than re-susing the sponge again, throw it out and replace it with a new one.

Throw it out

As a general rule, when your sponge is starting to fall apart and break it's time to replace it. You do not want broken sponge bits on your clean dishes and in your sink.Try to replace them every 2-3 weeks.

Opt for another cleaning tool

Sponges aren't the only way to get your dishes clean. Opt for a bristle brush to remove the stubborn food stains off of your plates and mix it with dishwashing soap for an effective clean. When done, rinse the bristle brushes with water and leave it to dry.


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