Few things smell worse than a stinky sponge in the kitchen, and you can always tell when it starts to get that not-so-great odor that bacteria are growing all over the place. To combat the problem, simply follow a few do’s and don’ts of kitchen sponge hygiene.
First, the don’ts:
- Don’t use your sponge on the countertop. You do not want to transfer the bacteria living on your sponge to the kitchen counter. Gross. Instead, opt for paper towels.
- Don’t clear away meat juice. A whole host of harmful germs and pathogens are found in red meat and poultry spills. If you use your sponge to clean the mess, guess where all those germs end up? On the sponge! Paper towels and disinfectant wipes are what you need for meat juices.
Now the do’s:
- Do continually clean the kitchen sponge. Sponges should be rinsed thoroughly after each use and sanitized at the end of the day. How can you quickly and easily sanitize one? Get it damp and heat it in the microwave for one minute.
- Do allow the sponge to dry completely. Not only is it important to squeeze excess water off the sponge before storing it, but you also want to make sure it’s stored somewhere dry. Consider investing in a bathroom soap holder, like the award-winning Trickle Tray, where you can place the kitchen sponge once you’re done using it.
- Do replace it often. Cleaning and sanitizing can only do so much. Eventually, you’re going to have to invest in a new kitchen sponge. How do you know it’s time to get a new one? If your sponge smells, it is past its prime and needs to be replaced. When in doubt, throw it out.
Keep the bacteria from teeming where you live, play and eat by keeping your kitchen sponge fresh.