Instead of just tossing them and opening a new one every time this happens, which adds to the burden on our landfills, extend their lives with this simple method to disinfect them.
*There are several ways to achieve a 'clean' sponge. This one is great for those who don't have a dishwasher and want a scent free process and result. (Using vinegar and bleach are two other methods, but I don't like either of those smells!)
Step 1: What You'll Need
- a bowl or deep plate
- hydrogen peroxide
Step 2: The Process
Watch for the white bubbles to start forming. This is the bacteria (aka stink) dying!!
Leave it on the first side for a few minutes, then flip the sponge over, giving it a good squish all over to ensure that the peroxide has been absorbed all the way through the sponge. (If you're grossed out by the bacteria bubbles, use a spoon.)
Leave it for a few more minutes.
Remove it from the peroxide bath and rinse it thoroughly, giving it a couple of good squeezes to make sure that all the peroxide has been removed.
Step 3: The End and Also the Beginning
Your sponge won't look any better, but it will smell WAY better and be a sanitary kitchen tool once more, living to scrub and scour another day. (for many more days in fact!)
Tips on keeping it germ free as long as possible:
- Never leave it in the sink. It will be in constant contact with water and therefore an easy target for bacteria growth.
- Store it in a dish with drainage or on the edge of the sink. Even better, if available, lean it up against a window and the sun will help keep it dry and will also kill bacteria!
Now go forth and clean with scent and bacteria free confidence!