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How do I keep the kitchen sponge clean?

Keep your kitchen clean by swapping out kitchen sponges regularly and following these rules:
  • Replace worn sponges rather than reusing.
  • To clean a sponge, wash it in the hot cycle of your washing machine or wet the sponge well and microwave it on high for about 2 minutes. Microwaving a dry sponge could start a fire.
  • Pay close attention to what the sponge was used to wipe up. If it was a drip from raw meat, it's necessary to clean the sponge and sanitize it in a diluted bleach solution (1 tablespoon of bleach added to 1 gallon of water) before using a second time.

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