How to Clean Your Kitchen Sponge

Keep your kitchen sponges free of bacteria with these two easy cleaning tips.

from Amazing Home Problem Solver

Even slightly smelly sponges should be disposed of. These innocent-looking objects are hotbeds of germs that can quickly become one of the filthiest things in your kitchen – the reason you should clean seemingly fresh sponges every three or four days at the very least. Here are two sponge-cleaning tricks:

• Soak a sponge overnight in a mixture of 1 cup (250ml) hot water, 1/2 cup (125ml) white vinegar and 3 tablespoons salt. The next day, rinse and squeeze the sponge several times to get rid of all of the accumulated cleaning liquid.

• Put a wet sponge (emphasis on wet) in the microwave and heat it on High for 2 minutes. Stay there until the microwave beeps because there’s a chance (though an extremely slight one) that the sponge could burst into flames.

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