09 Apr 2011

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Sheryl Goldstein
Sheryl is the founder of The No Gluten Solution: Feeding Family and Friends, which is the culmination of her talents, skills, and her personal desire to develop an effortless style of cooking good food, making her guests comfortable, and always having an excuse for a dinner party.


Clean Sponges

Keeping the Kitchen Sponge Clean:

We are so careful to wash our hands with antibacterial soap countless times a day, but when was the last time you cleaned the sponge?

Kitchen sponges can be a significant source of bacteria. One way to keep them clean is to place wet, nonmetallic sponges in the microwave for one to two minutes. While this will kill virtually all-harmful bacteria, there are numerous reports of sponges catching on fire which result in a whole set of different problems.

A quick and easy way to clean the sponge with the same disinfecting results, but without the risk of fire, is to place it in the dishwasher and run it through a wash and dry cycle.

It is a good idea to use a paper towel to clean up raw eggs and meat, just to be safe.

Sheryl Goldstein 3 Comments
  1. I throw my drain strainer and my sponge in the dishwasher every time I run it

  2. Actually my son did a school science experiment and determined that the best way to get rid of bacteria on sponges was to put them in the microwave for about 4-5 minutes. This “beat” using the dishwasher, soaking in bleach and other techniques.

    • BTW, I do this all the time and never had anything close to a fire. BUT I do keep an eye on them.

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