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Old 12-31-2017, 02:43 PM
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I have been reading some bad things about cellulose sponges and how they are full of germs.

What do you know about cleaning sponges?

How do you keep them clean?

Are you using a special sponge now that is not cellulose?


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Old 12-31-2017, 02:45 PM
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I actually don't use sponges at all. I use the brushes below from Ikea. It goes in the dishwasher every night. Sponges kind of skeeve me out.
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Old 12-31-2017, 02:51 PM
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I use Scotch Brite dish clothes. We use them once, then they are washed in the washing machine!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D8GHQS6...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 12-31-2017, 03:32 PM
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Our dish brush (used to free stuck-on food) goes through the dishwasher quite often.

We use both scrubby and ordinary dishcloths. They get bleached. I don't use them day after day til they stink - once they are used on something food-y, into the laundry they go.
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Old 12-31-2017, 03:39 PM
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I use sponges;a new one each day and wash the used ones on the weekend. They are never left out and air out on a rack underneath the sink. After a month or so,I buy new sponges. Rags,brushes and sponges must be carefully dealt with.


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Old 12-31-2017, 03:40 PM
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My dish washer hasn't worked in years but it's great for storing almost all of my baking pans and clean kitchen towels.

I zap my sponge in the microwave for at least 2 minutes, usually 3:33 minutes. It must be very wet but it works great.
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Old 12-31-2017, 03:58 PM
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I don't use sponges, either. Haven't for years.

My DH does the dishes. He has a brush like Zia posted. Even that grosses me out.

Everything we eat on goes into the dishwasher. So, I don't worry too much about germs on my dishes.
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:21 PM
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We usually have one sponge in the kitchen and one in the bathroom for random cleaning tasks. I toss them in the washer when I wash dishcloths. I use hot water and bleach.
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I toss mine in the microwave
Old 12-31-2017, 04:30 PM
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then I allow them to completely dry out before using them again. So I constantly have two sponges going at once in the kitchen. I am just not convinced now that it is enough.
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:42 PM
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I usually just use dish cloths and dish brushes. When I have sponges, I have cleaned them in the dishwasher, or put in boiling water on the stove (turn burner off once water is boiling or it might boil over with the sponge in it).


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Old 12-31-2017, 04:45 PM
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I am just going to say ya'll worry too much.

I use something until I clean it, then I use something else. We are all healthy and happy.
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:54 PM
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I just use a kitchen cloth the wipe counters, clean dishes etc.... the cloth and kitchen towel get thrown into the wash everyday. I also have a chainmail scrubber. That gets washed with dishes. I have never really used a sponge.

At work we have sponges in the staff room. I zap it in the microwave every day or two.
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Old 12-31-2017, 11:14 PM
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I'm with kahluablast on this one.
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Old 01-01-2018, 03:45 AM
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I'm with Maestra and Kahula, too. I'll wash dishtowels and toss sponges when they get icky. IKEA has these great flat sponge/dishcloth hybrid things that I love, but they didn't wash too well so I pitched them. I hope to get back to IKEA soon and buy all of their stock!
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