3 Ways to Disinfect Sponges And When You Should Throw Them Away

 3 Ways to Disinfect Your Sponges and When Your REALLY Need To Throw Them Away

Sponges are growing fields for bacteria!  Seriously!  Scientists use them to grow different bacterias in their labs!  The moisture makes them the perfect breeding ground.  But you can disinfect your sponges easily!  Here are 3 ways to disinfect sponges and when you really need to throw them away!

The first way is the most common and basic.  Simply dry it out.  Bacteria can only live for a few hours on a dry surface.   After every use rinse and place in a spot that it can easily air dry.

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 3 Ways To Disinfect Your Sponges & When You Should Throw Them Away

The second way to disinfect your sponge is really easy.  The next time that you are running a load of towels in the washing machine, throw in your sponge!  After it is done washing take it out and let it air dry.

 3 Ways to Disinfect Sponges & When You Should Throw It Away

The third method to disinfecting your sponge is super quick.  DO NOT DO THIS METHOD WITH A SPONGE WITH ANY METAL IN IT.  Wet the sponge (DO NOT FORGET THIS PART!  A dry sponge can catch fire in the microwave!  (You can also fill a bowl with water and put the sponge in it!) Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes, keeping an eye on it.  When it is done, it will be very hot with lots of steam so be careful!  Let it cool!  Once it is cool enough to touch, wring out the excess water and your sponge will be ready to use!  This is the most effective method for killing all of the germs and bacteria!

 3 Ways to Disinfect Your Sponges & When You Need to Throw Them Away

So how long should you keep a sponge before throwing it away?  Even with regular disinfecting?  One month!  Are you surprised?  At the beginning of each month open up a new pack and treat yourself to a new sponge! :)



  1. says

    I usually use the microwave to disinfect my sponge. The steam also helps to loosen up anything stuck to the sides of the microwave so I can clean it too at the same time.

  2. Jennifer Williams says

    We throw ours in the dishwasher every night with the dishes. I used to use the washing machine and then thought why do that when the dishwasher is right here -saves a little time and lets me get it cleaned daily.

  3. Lawna says

    I normally only use my sponges twice before I throw them away. By using these methods of disinfecting them, I will save a lot of money!


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