More sickening than your toilet seat or garbage can, your kitchen sponge can be a host to many germs. An international study found that 77% of kitchen sponges had a form of bacteria, while 86% contained yeast and mold. When a wet sponge sits sink-side, new bacteria grow every twenty minutes!*
To properly disinfect your sponge, immerse it in a bowl of boiling water, and then place the wet sponge in the microwave for two minutes. You can disinfect your sponge this way every two days, and if it ever starts to smell just toss it out!
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Photo | Plain blue and pink polyurethane kitchen sponges | Horia Varlan | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution License