We use sponges to clean our dishes and wipe down kitchen counter tops on a daily basis. Many people don’t think about how dirty the sponges we use to clean things really are. In fact, sponges are known to house all types of bacteria, including E. coli. Keep you and your family safe from the bacteria in your sponges by using one of the following cleaning methods:
Microwaving Your Sponge
This is by far one of the easiest and most popular methods of cleaning your sponge. All you have to do is soak your sponge in water, squeeze out the excess water, and cook it in your microwave for one minute. Keep an eye on it while it’s in the microwave to make sure that it’s not getting burnt. Once the minute is over, you are ready to go with a disinfected sponge!
Putting Your Sponge in the Dishwasher
Simply adding your sponge to your dishwasher’s load is another way to disinfect your sponge. Place the sponge on the top rack, put your dishwasher on the “heated dry” setting, and take out the sponge when the dishwasher cycle is over. Voila!
Soaking Your Sponge in Vinegar or Bleach
These options are great for those who don’t want to use a microwave or dishwasher to sterilize their sponge. You can either fill a cup with vinegar and soak the sponge for about five minutes, or you can fill a cup with diluted bleach (1/2 cup of bleach for every gallon of water) and soak the sponge for five minutes. Both of these methods involve soaking the sponge, just be sure to not mix the bleach and vinegar.
Rid your kitchen of bacteria by sanitizing your sponges on a daily basis. You will feel better about the cleanliness of your dishes, kitchen, and home. Contact The Cleaning Authority Phoenix for more information on how to keep your Phoenix area home the cleanest it can be.