While using a sponge to scrub a casserole dish with remnants of leftover cheese or to rid a plate of gooey cheese splotches may seem like a sensible decision at the time, it can result in a mess on your sponge. Cheese particles can adhere to the sponge and nestle in its pockets, making it difficult for you to remove them. Plus, the cheese residue will likely begin to smell if you leave it on the sponge. Fortunately, you may not have to toss your sponge if you find a way to remove the offending particles.
Nylon or Stainless Steel Scrubbers
Put on a pair of dish-washing gloves. Turn the hot water on high on your kitchen faucet.
Hold the stainless steel or nylon scrubber under the hot water and stretch it to help loosen the cheese particles.
Stretch different sections of the sponge to expose all of the particles to hot water. Repeat as many times as needed to wash away all of the cheese.
Rinse the sponge under hot water to remove as much of the cheese as you can.
Place the sponge in a silverware basket or on the top shelf of the dishwasher in a secure area. You can include the sponge with your dishes and utensils.
Run the dishwasher on a "Heavy Duty" cycle to clean and deodorize the sponge and dishes.