Germ Killin' Machine

By Andrea Karim on 17 April 2007 (Updated 9 June 2007) 3 comments

Guarding against germs doesn't have to be a chemical-filled experience. To get rid of germs in your kitchen sponge (and there ARE germs in you kitchen sponge), do the following:

  1. Soak the sponge with water (this is key - not doing so poses a significant fire risk).
  2. Place the sponge on a microwave-safe plate.
  3. Stick it in the microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes.
  4. Don't even TRY to pick it up with your fingers. Use a pair of tongs to remove it from the microwave and leave it to cool or soak it in cold water before using.

*Make sure the sponge doesn't contain metal, even though lots of modern microwaves don't mind metal.*

If nuking the sponge kind of creeps you out or creates so nasty smells (if it does, stop the heating immediately), try boiling it in a little clean water instead. I don't keep a sponge for more than three weeks anyway, but I boil it at least twice a week to kill germs.

AND I use a different sponge for my dogs' dishes.

(Photo by dalasie)

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Jessica Okon's picture

Washing them in the washing machine & drying them? (My microwave died, I initally was upset & thought about replacing it, but now I don't miss it one iota! Viva la toaster!)

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Nomi

You can nuke your wooden cutting board too.

Andrea Karim's picture

If the metal overheats, it can cause the wood to catch fire, so be careful of that. I just pour boiling water over mine.