Every kitchen needs at least one good sponge for scrubbing pans, wiping counters, or cleaning the sink. A great sponge can go a lot of miles before it wears out, but there are a few things you should — and shouldn’t — do with it. Let’s go over 5 things you should know about your favorite kitchen sponge.
1. If it Stinks, Throw it Out
You’ve probably seen various methods that claim to sanitize a sponge. But when yours starts to stink, that’s a sure sign of bacteria growth. And you know what? Some types of bacteria can withstand those sanitizing methods. You might also be tempted to throw your sponge in with the laundry, but chances are, it’ll just make the rest of the load stink, too. You’re better off to buy cheaper sponges that you can throw out when they get smelly. In fact, replacing your sponge weekly is a good practice, whether it stinks or not.