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If you use a sponge to clean your dishes, even if it is just a quick wipe over before they hit the dishwasher, this trick will come in handy.

Cleaning dishes is a task that has to be done. No matter how long you leave it those dishes will still be there and will pile up even higher, trust me I’ve tried to ignore them!

I have always found the concept of a sponge kind of gross. We use the same sponge over and over again to clean our dishes, but when does the sponge get cleaned? Instead of soaking them in harmful chemicals like bleach, or throwing them out too often just pop them in the microwave.

Sounds odd, but a quick zap in the microwave will help heat up the sponge, killing any potential bacteria. Researchers from the University of Florida found that microwaving wet sponges for two minutes on high power helped kill or inactivate 99 per cent of pathogens that were in the sponge. Before microwaving the sponges were soaked in faecal bacteria, viruses and protozoan parasites as well as bacterial spores, a quick zap saw them almost completely killed or inactivated.

They recommend that sponges be microwaved every other day, but ensure that the sponge is alway wet (never dry), it is just a regular sponge (no metal or plastic parts) and that caution is taken when removing the sponge as it will be very hot.

Will you try this? Do you have any other tips for kitchen cleaning?

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  1. My sponges go in the dishwasher so at least every second day one goes in the dishwasher and a clean replacement is used. They last well and are always clean. I also empty any left over water from the kettle over the sponge when I make a cuppa. So it gets an in between clean as well and I always wipe down my benches with a disinfectant spray so that gets into the sponge also.
    On the whole I think my family are quite safe.

  2. I often put mine in the microwave for two minutes. Sometimes I pour boiling water on them. I do think too that we are too obsessed with germs and should concentrate on general cleanliness instead of trying to kill every germ known to science.

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