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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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.
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!
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! :)