How To Sanitize Dish Sponge And Ribbon Scrubbie

How To Sanitize Dish Sponge And Ribbon Scrubbie

Did you know that you can sanitize kitchen sponges in various ways?

You can't always see or smell bacteria, so even if the sponge isn't stinky or slimy, it could still be a bacteria's hotbed.

But that doesn't mean you need to buy a new sponge every week, you can disinfect your sponge at home.

1. Microwave method

According to research, microwaves can kill 99.9% of bacteria in sponges.
Place a wet sponge in the microwave and heat it on high for one to two minutes on the microwave-safe plate.

Be careful though, make sure it doesn't contain metal or plastic parts and is thoroughly wet. Otherwise, it can catch fire!!! And your sponge will be hot so let it sit for 10-15 minutes before handle.

2. Bleach method

Probably this is the best and easy way to disinfect.

Mix 3/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water and soak the sponge for five to ten minutes, then rinse.

In some studies, the bleach solution killed 99.9% of bacteria.

But personally, I can't stand the smell of bleach, so I rinse them until the smell is gone, and it irritates my skin.

3.Dishwasher/boil method

The dishwasher also can kill 99.9% of germs in the heated dry setting.
The boiling method is also using heat to kill them.

Simple, but you need to let them sit until they get cool enough to touch.

4.Vinegar method

Similar to bleach, all you have to do is soak your sponge in full-strength vinegar for five to ten minutes, then rinse.

This method can eliminate 99.6% of bacteria, they said.

5.Washing machine

You can wash your sponge in the washing machine with laundry detergent and bleach in the hot cycle.

6.How to clean ribbon dish scrubbies

You can handwash/machine wash/dishwasher to clean the ribbon dish scrubbie.
For deep cleaning, soak the scrubbie in vinegar before washing. Hang/air dry. Do not use dryer becaues it sometimes doesn't dry all the way, and a swedish dishcloth is not meant to be use in a dryer.
Avoid fabric softener, harsh chemicals like bleach for longer life.
Do not wash with whites.

This way, you can kill most germs but don't damage them with heat.
Smelling nice and fresh after wash with laundry detergent is a bonus, too!

Just remember, hang dry is the best way.


No matter how diligent you are, your kitchen sponge is going to get dirty again, and they won't last forever.
Choose what is best for you, and keep cleaning it regulary, and replace it often.

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