Sponges clean a lot of messes in our homes and end up harboring bacteria, mildew, and germs. So, it's important to disinfect sponges in between uses to ensure that you aren't spreading bacteria by cross-contamination. Here are a couple of tricks showing how to disinfect a sponge so it's beyond squeaky clean.
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How to Disinfect a Sponge With Bleach
The very best way to disinfect a sponge is with bleach. Mix 3/4 cups of bleach with 1 gallon of warm water, and then let your sponges soak for 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
How to Disinfect a Sponge in the Microwave
To disinfect a sponge in the microwave, saturate your sponge with water and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, and then let cool. Rinse with warm water, then wring the sponge out. Allow it to air dry.
How to Disinfect a Sponge in Your Dishwasher
To disinfect a sponge in the dishwasher, place it in the utensil holder and run the hottest cycle with the heat dry setting. This can be done with a full load of dishes.
How to Disinfect a Sponge With Vinegar
To disinfect a sponge using vinegar, soak your sponge in full strength vinegar for 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Wring the sponge out and allow it to air dry.