Daily Challenge Monday Mar. 05, 2012
Give your kitchen sponge a once-over and add a new one to your shopping list if it looks tired.
How to do it
Head to the kitchen and take a look at the sponge in your sink. Does it look worn and dirty? Can you remember when you began using it? If that sponge looks sorry and/or it's been more than a month since you started scrubbing with it, add a new one to your shopping list.
Why it matters
A kitchen sponge does a dirty job and has the bacteria to prove it. Because a sponge is often warm and moist, it's a perfect breeding ground for yeast, mold, and other potentially harmful germs. Food safety experts recommend replacing your sponge every two to four weeks to help avoid spreading bacteria and ensure the safety of your food.
SpongeBob SquarePants, the irrepressible cartoon sponge, was originally meant to be named "SpongeBoy." The word "spongeboy" was already copyrighted for a mop, however.
I was at my dad's house and told him to get a new sponge. They were all looking pathetic.
Wow. I've never done any of the things I'm reading about here. I just use them till they fall apart and then keep using them a little longer till I remember to buy new ones. Sounds like I need to change my ways! ...Or maybe I've built up my immunity to various bacteria and am healthier this way? No, probably not.
Done. Bought a new one last week
Yesenia M. replied March 14, 2012 at 4:48 UTC:
I change the sponge every fortnight or so, and after every use it gets run under the hot tap and I squeeze antibacterial soap on it until I need it again :)
I do this every month ... nothing grosses me out more than a slimey sponge !
As an added benefit for the "in-between" time getting a new sponge, I put it in the top rack of the dishwasher once a week, usually on sunday night, so the hot soapy water gives it a great cleaning.
Just replaced one and threw the other in the washing machine. Must have a fresh smelling sponge. They get an odor after only a few days, but fresh sponges are the best cleaning tools....If I am concerned about bacteria, I use paper towel for the job, but how can bacteria grow on a sponge with comet or antibacterial soap on it? Just saying. Oh....I am thankful for creative sponge makers who make fun patterns and colors....Make cleaning more fun!
I do need one- thanks for the reminder!!!!!
I put my sponge in dishwasher every few days then toss after a couple weeks.
mines already freshly replaced.
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