Your naked eye may not see them, but there are a lot of illness-causing germs around your home – in your garage, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. That is why a sponge is an essential part of any household. Generally, its primary purpose is to scrub dirt, food and unwanted debris off our utensils and stuff, ready for reuse. Therefore, we should always keep in mind that we need to maintain and sanitise our sponge too, so it will also be safe to clean our belongings. Listed below are things you can do to prolong the useful life of your cleaning sponge.
Daily wash and clean sponges
Having a clean sponge decreases the possibility of acquiring and spreading germs around your house. Here are some useful cleaning tips for a 100% clean sponge. Wash and rub it vigorously with soap. Rinse and place it in a microwave for one to two minutes. Keep an eye on it until the microwaving stops. Wait for the sponge to cool down before removing it. Squeeze it as hard as you can, and store it in a place where it can dry. The growth of pathogens can be influenced by dampness, so it’s best to leave sponges to dry after cleaning them.
Be knowledgeable of different types and uses
There are many kinds of sponges, and each of them should be utilised according to their primary function. We should know what kind of sponge is the best one to use for the place or area that we will be cleaning. Also, consider having different sponges for each part of the house, even if you are trying to save money. Never use the sponge for the dishes to wash or scrub your pet. It will just gather more disease-causing bacteria.
Many of us believe that the right time to dispose of a sponge is: (1) when it is teeming with bad odour, or (2) when its particles are already falling apart. Cross that belief out starting now. The truth is, your sponge may be overflowing with bacteria even after its first or second use, so you might as well replace it with a new one. Do not wait for months before changing it; you’ll encourage tons of germs on your stuff instead of decontaminating it.
Never use it to wipe meat juices
We suggest that you practice the use of paper towels instead of dishcloths and sponges to remove meat juices and spills on your countertops. After that, use disinfectant wipes to makes sure that it has been fully cleansed. By doing so, you won’t be prone to spreading harmful food-borne germs from livestock and poultry that you may come in contact with.
Many of us rely on sponges when it comes to tidying up our stuff since they are handy, versatile and absorbent. Since it is a daily cleaning tool, we must familiarise ourselves with the above advice and give value to one of our household’s best friends.