Since the invention of the sponge, this magical tool for cleaning dishes and surfaces has fallen into a paradox. Today I am going to discuss the ways of cleaning sponge. In the given below I have added some specialist advice. So first, you have to know the need of cleaning according to science.
Dr. Charles Geer, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, he gave us some advice on this topic. He did not hesitate to tell me that the used sponge was the dirtiest element of any house.
When I asked him how to clean the sponge properly. He introduced me to a topic entitled "Using Hypochlorite Cleaner to Reduce Fecal Coliform, Coliform and Heterotrophic Plates in Home Kitchens and Bathrooms, Studies on the number of bacteria."
So these days, I follow the advice of the cleaning expert Donna Smallin Kuper. They not only recommend 3 minutes a day to clean the sponges with microwave ovens to disinfect them. But also change the fresh sponges at least once a month.
I know some of you are thinking "How wasteful!" It doesn't feel good to me/your carbon footprint, and so on. So, please hand in hand and vowed that we would stop our friends and surroundings to use trendy sponges.
When this familiar smell of rancidity begins to emanate from the workplace kitchenette, we will take action and throw the offending dishwasher into the trash. We all need to make sure the more effective method of cleaning sponges.
On the contrary, when the first sign of a corrupt sponge smells (yes, stinks), let's throw those odor offenders and bathe in the glow of fresh sponges. Only then will we be able to focus on that truly important sponge - a sponge cake that I would never abandon within a million years.
How to Clean a Sponge in the Microwave?
The researcher found that 5 million Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. After seeing recent estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We began to consider kitchen safety tips to help our families avoid these common diseases.
The worst place for bacteria/germ is in the kitchen. Washing your hands before cooking and eating is a good common sense. Earlier this year, an article in the Chicago Tribune added that kitchen sponges are the main source of microbes. The kitchen sponge was so far the finest, containing more than 150 times more bacteria, moulds, and yeast than toothbrush holders.
The University of Arizona's 'Dr. Germ' - also known as Microbiologist Professor Charles P. Gerba - agrees. He included research that sponges are the worst place for bacteria in the kitchen. They provide a moist, nourishing environment from raw meat to the septic fecal germ.
In an interview with the New York Times, Gerba said that the cleanest kitchen is often the dirtiest. Because clean people often wipe the bacteria, they spread throughout the kitchen. Interestingly, some of the cleanest kitchens, Gerba claims, are among the bachelors who rarely wipe the table.
Another recent study found that preparing a simple meal can contaminate up to 90% of the kitchen surface, which may spread foodborne illness. Volunteers were asked to prepare fried chicken, fresh vegetable salad, and packed the children's lunch.
The results showed significant cross-contamination in the kitchen, which spread to other hand-contact surfaces, kitchen towels, cloths, and sponges.
4 Easy Ways To Clean Sponges With Microwave To Disinfect
Mix 3/4 cups of bleach in one gallon of water and soak the sponge for five minutes, then rinse - that's it. In the test, the bleach solution killed 99.9% of the three bacterial strains from the test sponge (scrubbing and conventional cellulose).
It is the basis for the requirements of the EPA for disinfection of non-food contact surfaces. But no matter how diligent you are, your kitchen sponge will not last forever. This is the basic way of cleaning sponge.N ow I am telling different ways of cleaning method.
Keeping kitchen sponge in the microwave
After analyzing advice on this topic, I found an assumption. It was summarized by TLC: “Although most bacteria/germ can only survive in a microwave oven for about 30 seconds, you need to grill the kitchen sponge for 2 minutes to 99% of bacteria at full power.
Germ and viruses [such as Norovirus]. Before you click Start, be sure to soak the sponge with water. Because the dry sponge may catch fire. When you open the microwave oven door, pay attention to a burst of steam and remove it.
Before you let the sponge cool - it will be very hot! You may want to pick it up with pliers. The main founding is that microwave method killed 99.9% of the bacteria in the sponge.
Keeping kitchen sponge in the dishwasher
If you want to clean sponge, place the sponge in the appliance box in the dishwasher. Dishwasher, silverware, and detergent are loaded as usual.
Use the hottest cycle to run the dishwasher. You can even use the Clean setting if needed. A separate dishwasher method kills 99.9% of sponge bacteria/germ.
Put your Kitchen Sponge in Bleach
Clean the sink and sponge with bleach. Soak the sponge with a solution of 3/4 cup bleach and 1 gallon of water for at least 5 minutes.
The most important thing is: If you mix the bleach solution into your kitchen sink, then you will both clean and disinfect the tub. A separate bleaching method kills 99.9% of the germ in the sponge.
Use Vinegar in your kitchen Sponge
Using vinegar to clean sponges is very simple. And it is a very convenient way. Soak the sponge with full strength white vinegar for at least 5 minutes - better overnight. Then, if possible, let the sponge air dry - in the sun. Only the vinegar method killed 99.6% of sponge from any bacteria/germ.