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Poll: How Often Do You Change Your Dish Sponge?

How Often Do You Change Your Dish Sponge?

Although doing dishes isn't one of my top kitchen pet peeves, hand-washing dishes with an old sponge is. The thought of spreading bacteria and grime, rather than actually cleaning an utensil or plate, makes my skin crawl more than a full moon on Halloween. Although most people simply replace their dish sponge when it starts smelling, I swap mine out much more frequently than that — probably every two to three weeks. I know it's not the greenest move in the world, but I can't help it! How often do you swap out dish sponges?

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jesssa jesssa 8 years
oh gross. sponges are absolutely revolting. basically everything goes in the dishwasher and if it can't [read: won't fit, because even things that aren't "dishwasher safe" get thrown in there to avoid having to actually touch them with my hands] i will use a sponge then throw the sponge away. and dish rags... oh don't even get me started!!!
Caittylynn Caittylynn 8 years
to keep it green and save money, pop the sponge int he microwave for two mintues. make sure it is heavy with water and the germs will be zapped! i do it almost every other day!
schonefrauen schonefrauen 8 years
Till I have money to buy another :)
Pampire Pampire 8 years
I absolutely hate washing dishes! That's why I use my dishwasher often, thank god for dishwashers!
muse2323 muse2323 8 years
I use nylon scrubbies and dishcloths that I throw in the wash--well, as often as it seems necessary. My sense of smell isn't dependable, so I throw them in the wash a couple times a week. (We also use a dishwasher, so I only handwash dishes once or twice a week. Mostly the dishcloth is used for cleaning crumbs off counters and spills off the stove.) You can also microwave your cotton dishcloths for quick disinfecting. I read somewhere that 30 seconds will do the trick--it's certainly too hot to touch after that. (But generally I'm no germophobe--I'd rather have weak germs around to repopulate than the strong ones that survive all those attempts to kill them.)
mek123 mek123 8 years
I change to a new sponge about once a month, will have to try the microwave trick.
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 8 years
Like one of the above poster said, get your sponge wet, microwave for 2 minutes. Smell and bacteria gone. Also, run it through the dishwasher once or twice a week, you're good to go!
esmerb esmerb 8 years
At least once a month with a weekly trip to the microwave to zap bacteria
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't use sponges...they breed Listeria spp. like you wouldn't believe. I use old rags and I use them once then toss them in the wash.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
ugh as often as I can
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