Microwave Kills Germs in Sponges

Tammy H
by Tammy H
Study shows zapping sponges and plastic scrubbing pads in the microwave can kill bacteria, such as E. coli, that can cause illness.
I microwave my sponge according to how often I cook usually every other day.
Using your microwave for 2 minutes to clean your sponge
Microwave only sponges or plastic scrubbers that do not contain steel or other metals. . Two minutes should be enough to kill most disease-causing germs. Be careful in removing the sponge from the microwave because it will be hot
After cleaning my sponge I wipe it out immediately with disinfecting wipes (the sponge cleaning leaves the microwave moist and loosens food enough to do a quick cleaning.
Make sure the sponge or scrubber is wet, not dry.
Tammy H
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  • Tammy H Tammy H on Sep 11, 2013
    Yes the are cheap enough but honestly only takes a few minutes to clean, plus why waste the gas and time for one sponge.

  • Carla Carla on Sep 26, 2014
    The mesh strainer for the kitchen drain, bathtub stopper & vegetable brush needs to go in the dishwasher, as well as the sink stoppers & scrub brushes.