Kitchen sponges

Asked February 12, 2016, 6:40 PM EST

I like to use kitchen sponges, even though I know they can carry a lot of germs. I know about sanitizing them using the microwave. I was wondering if sponges, with scrubbing pads, were set pad side down would help reduce the accumulation of germs because the sponge itself would have more air exposure. Any other suggestions on reducing germs in sponges. Thank you.

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Besides the microwave a great way to disinfect sponges is to run them through the dishwasher each time you run it. The dishwasher soap is a great disinfectant. You can also soak the sponges in a weak solution of chlorine bleach. It only takes 1 teaspoon spoon per quart of water. Dip the sponge and squeeze out the water and then let the sponge air dry.

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