Scratching, scrubbing, cleaning … We often put our sponges to the test, and even more during this period of confinement when we use them perhaps a little more than usual. As a result, our sponges deteriorate quickly, and they sometimes emit a not very pleasant smell. Don’t throw in the towel so quickly, we give you some tips to maintain your sponges and avoid bad smells.
A nest for bacteria
The sponges are damp and are used for washing dishes or cleaning surfaces that are not always very clean (don’t forget to have a sponge for the dishes and one for the surfaces). It is not surprising therefore that they are real nests for bacteria.
According to a study published in the journal Scientific Report in July 2017, German researchers specializing in microbiology, revealed that each cubic centimeter of a sponge would close more than a million germs. This figure can make you dizzy knowing that this little yellow square is used very regularly.
Ideally, we would recommend changing our sponges every week. But don’t worry, if you want to avoid buying more every four mornings, here are the tips that will allow you to keep them as long as possible while avoiding bad smells.
Use a sponge holder
This tip may seem trivial, but believe it, it will prevent many bacteria from getting lodged in our dear little sponges.
Install a sponge holder near your sink to place your sponge and thus prevent it from touching the edge of your sink.
Make sure to rinse it well with hot water and washing up liquid beforehand.
Lemon and baking soda
To maintain your sponges and prevent bad odors, fill a bowl with hot water, add lemon juice, a teaspoon of baking soda, known for its deodorant properties, and mix. Dip your sponges in the mixture and leave it on overnight. You can then rinse them with hot water, they will be like new.
Put it in the dishwasher
And yes the sponge can also go in the dishwasher. To do this, simply place it in the cutlery basket. It will come out clean.
Repeat the operation once or twice a week.
Put it in the washing machine
This trick also works in the washing machine, when you go to launch a machine, add your sponge so that it also benefits.
Make sure that your cycle is at least 60 ° C, it is from this temperature that bacteria are killed.
Put it in the microwave
To remove bacteria and avoid bad smells, researchers in Florida have said that it is enough to microwave your sponge for a minute. To do this, soak your sponge in a bowl of water with a little white vinegar, do not wring it out and place it in a microwave-safe container. Heat it for 60 seconds and wait for it to cool before wringing it out. You will see the result is stunning.
Precaution to take: Make sure that your sponge does not contain any material that would be incompatible with the microwave, such as aluminum.