Did you know that the average kitchen sponge has more germs than the average toilet seat??Sponges are a great way to wash dishes and to scour pots and pans but they need to be deodorized and disinfected on a regular basis to prevent sickness. Here are some easy and quick cleaning remedies for deodorizing and disinfecting sponges.
1. Each time you run your dishwasher, toss the sponge on the top rack to disinfect it.
2. Rinse the sponge and zap it , while it's still wet, in the microwave for 1 minute. Be sure there is not any metal fibers in the in the sponge.
3. Soak the sponge overnight in a solution of 1 cup of hot water, 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of table salt. In the morning, rinse the sponge and use as usual.
There are many types of sponges, that you can use effectively.The most common types of cleaning sponges are cellulose. They are inexpensive and absorbent.
There is also cellulose sponges with abrasive material attached and embedded in them. These are a little more expensive, but great to scrub stuck on dirt on any cooking pots and pans.
Then there are microfiber sponges. A bit more pricey, but they are more durable then cellulose sponges and can be used for almost anything- including scrubbing your shower tiles walls and shower door. When you purchase these sponges, plan on retaining them for a lot longer time than the cellulose ones and therefore plan to keep them deodorized and disinfected easily and regularly. Our Dial-A-Maid disinfects and deodorizes all our sponges regularly to protect our customer's health.