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Cure For Stinky Sponges?

Since today is officially Ask a Stupid Question Day (thanks for the heads-up, YumSugar), I've got a potentially stupid question for you. Over here at CasaSugar HQ, we've been plagued with an offensively musty-smelling dish sponge for the past few days. I'd heard that microwaving the sponge would cut the odor, but it didn't seem to work.

I'd rather not use bleach to fix this problem, and I'd rather not throw the sponge away, given my eco-senstive attitude. But I need some help! Any savvy Casa readers know of a good cure for stinky sponges?

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lilyj lilyj 9 years
I personally don't use sponges. As a microbiologist I know what grows in them and can't bring myself to deal with them. There are a lot of alternatives out there that are resistant to the growth of bacteria and fungi. These alternatives also tend to last longer, and many of them are recyclable. The bottom line is, if your sponge smells it's because your sponge is growing things, which means you're "cleaning" your house with whatever it's growing.
Seraaalicious Seraaalicious 9 years
Throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds. It kills the bacteria that makes it stink.
Andrea14752894 Andrea14752894 9 years
I put mine in the dishwasher each time I run it-the smell is gone.
nigerienne nigerienne 9 years
You don't need to soak them. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Rinse with water and voila! New sponge. If it's bigger or extra stinky, tack on some more time.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 9 years
Soak them good.
skupec skupec 9 years
We use the dishwasher to wash them nearly daily. Top shelf only...
facecandyblog facecandyblog 9 years
I sometimes do the microwaving it thing, but once I forgot to wet the sponge first, and it caught on fire in the microwave. Let me just say that the original smell was bad, but the smell mixed with fire, that's even worse. So now I usually use a smelly one to clean extra dirty places like the floor and then toss 'em.
redegg redegg 9 years
Use it as packing material and send that stinky sponge to someone else! :D
sofi sofi 9 years
nuking them in the microwave has actually been the only thing proven to kill the bacteria growing on them (3-4 minutes) a lot of people use the dishwasher, but that has been found to be inadequate. Propr them up to dry between uses as well
mrsairman mrsairman 9 years
I wash my sponges in the washing machine on high heat along with all the other towels. Then I dry them on high with everything else. The high temps kill anything that's growing and I can use them again and again.
shulvrkrp shulvrkrp 9 years
sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria!! blech
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
Put it in hot soapy water and let it sit. when the water starts to cool just take it out and rinse it thoroughly in hot water. That should do the trick.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
i just buy a new one.
PartyBarbie PartyBarbie 9 years
I was thinking baking soda.. that's my go to. Throwing it in the dishwasher would save you some time, alwasy a good thing!
sharnie sharnie 9 years
i boil them with a drop or two of dishwashing soap. i not only makes them smell better, but it sanitizes them.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 9 years
my big question is if they smell that means they have BAD bactearea in them right?
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 9 years
dishwasher or/and prop them up on ther side leaning agenst the wall or better a screen. DONT LET THEM DRY LAYING FLAT.
MamaD MamaD 9 years
Try baking soda and water. I've even put baking soda in the washing machine to get rid of extra stinky laundry problems like dog bedding. Should work on the sponge no problem! I clean my fridge with baking soda and water too.
leahlarocco leahlarocco 9 years
YES!!! There are sponges made my Mr. Clean, they sell them in the cleaning section at Target. They're purple, and they advertise as odorless. They are wonderful!!! I use them at home, and I don't have any more problems with smelly sponges.
LoneWolf LoneWolf 9 years
I know this sounds like a stupid answer, but if it smells that bad, throw it away and use another one. Those things are supercheap and they usually come 2-4 in a pack.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I stick mine in the dishwasher, and it comes out smelling much better.
KatieDearest KatieDearest 9 years
I put them in boiling water with a tad of vinegar. Also, I've found the ChoreBoy sponges NEVER smell. I only use them at home, and have brought some in to my office kitchen as well.
ragus ragus 9 years
I use sponges to clean my dishes, counters, frige,.... once they start to look bad I down grade them to the bathroom for floor or toilet cleaning...or cleaning the garbage cans... after the stages they are usually falling apart, I do like the boiling idea and never thought about the dishwasher! Thanks for the great ideas.
normitz12 normitz12 9 years
You can try boiling it in a COVERED pot or bowl. You can also add vinegar or lemon or any other thing that kills odors to the water. It also helps --- after every use, to squeeze it really good and not leave it very wet. Another trick.. when you first buy it, cut it in half. You will automatically have two sponges with a good enough size for cleaning dishes and cups --- I assume you don't have pots and pans in the office.
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