There are many types of sponges sold for use around the house, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. Each works in a slightly different way, with different levels of effectiveness. The type most of us use for day-to-day cleaning comes in bright colors and are made of cellulose, a material derived from wood pulp, says Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook. However, natural sponges, the fluffy puffs that show up in bathtubs and painters' toolboxes, are the prototype for those and all others. Below are two of the sponges excellent for cleaning:
1. Plain Cellulose Sponges harden when dry so they are embedded with soap and biocide to keep them soft in the package and to inhibit bacteria and mildew growth. The biocide does not, however, prevent germ transfer from one surface to another. Holes created in the manufacturing process help the sponge absorb liquid. Cellulose sponges don't discharge liquid completely, so debris collects with repeated use. However, they are inexpensive, absorbent, and durable, and best for most routine cleaning jobs. Use them for washing dishes, wiping countertops, cleaning bathrooms, and blotting spills. These sponges are sold in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors. Cutting a large one down to a more manageable size with a scissors can be economical. Always rinse sponges after use, and squeeze them out well. Keep them in an open dish where air can circulate so they dry thoroughly. Kitchen sponges should be discarded after about two weeks of use.
2. Cellulose Wipes are a thin sheet of cellulose sponge. They are made with very fine pores and virtually are lint-free, so the cellulose wipe is an excellent dusting cloth and polishing rag. It is more absorbent than cloth, so it rarely leaves behind streaks of moisture. Use the wipes for dusting furniture, wiping up food spills, and shining stainless-steel appliances. They are a smart alternative to paper towels for many tasks, since they are reusable and long lasting. And because they're thin enough to dry between uses, they are more sanitary in kitchens than thicker sponges.
Both Cellulose Sponges and Cellulose Wipes are a great and economical way to keep your kitchen clean and sanitary, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il.