In this day and age, we’re all a lot more conscious of protecting ourselves and our family from bacteria and germs. From anti-bacterial hand soaps to antiseptic liquids, there are numerous products out there to help us. Personally, I think that a little bit of dirt is no harm for little ones – it helps build and strengthen their immune system. However, I think we can all agree that there is probably a little room for improvement in our everyday hygiene habits.
The cleaning sponge is the classic example. It’s a workhorse in the home – it cleans dishes, it mops up spills, it wipes down surfaces… And the fact that it constantly comes into contact with germs means it, too, needs to be cleaned. Of course, it’s not economical or environmentally-friendly to replace a sponge or cleaning cloth each time you use it, and we all know that the quick rinse we give it after we use it isn’t always going to be enough.
So what’s the best way to sanitise our sponges? Well, let’s take a leaf out of our body’s book – what does our body do when it’s under attack? It subjects us to extreme temperatures! We either get a fever, the shivers, or a mixture of both. That’s how all that bacteria is killed off. So we do the same with our sponges.
Always ensure they’re damp before you put them in – you don’t want them catching on fire in there! Then all you have to do is wring them out (be careful here – they’ll be hot) and leave them to dry fully.
Et voilà, sanitised sponges. (Another way is to pop them in the dishwasher and let a full cycle kill off those nasty germs.) This method has been proven to reduce bacteria in sponges by 99.9%. And it’s much cheaper and kinder to Mother Nature than soaking your sponges in harsh chemicals.
The frequency with which you need to do this will obviously depend on how much action your sponges see. If you use them quite regularly, once a day should do the trick. Otherwise, every two or three days should be fine. And here’s a little bonus tip to help:
But remember, there’s always that 0.1% that will remain no matter how careful you are, so there are only so many times you can sanitise a sponge before it just needs to be thrown away and replaced.