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Discouraging the Fungus Among Us: Preserving Your Kitchen Sponge

January 29, 2008

Perhaps I am strange in that I prefer to use a sponge over a washcloth for dish washing, but I’ve found it to be slightly more effective, particularly on the wonderful hardened crusties. Since our dishwasher is me, our sponge sees a bit more mileage than the average kitchen sponge. I hated coming to the continual realization that the sponge remained damp even after I squeezed it out (and knowing that moisture is a great breeding ground for microorganisms!), and wanted a way for the sponge to dry.

For months, I had resting on my counter a “mesh” business card holder that I planned to turn into a verse card holder. One day, I realized that because it was mesh, I could place the sponge on it and allow it to air-dry between use.


It has been faithful my sponge holder ever since!



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  • Blue January 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Oh that is creative, I think I have that same cardholder 🙂 I will have to try this 🙂

  • Amanda January 29, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    That’s a cute idea! I posted a couple weeks ago about using the baby bottle brush that has a suction thing on the end that you can suction right on to your sink – well, a couple days ago I went to the store and they had new ones that you could put dish soap in it and then press a button to squirt it out.

  • Mrs. Taft January 29, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Great idea! I disinfect my sponge regularly, but have been frustrated that in the meantime there wasn’t really any good way of storing it. I think I need to get me one of those! 😀

  • Tamie January 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Super cool idea!!! I put mine in the microwave for a minute before each use, but I still don’t like just sitting it down on the counter. This is a great idea for storing it. Thanks! 🙂

  • Tamie January 31, 2008 at 12:04 am

    One more thing…my 2 1/2 year old came in here while I was typing my comment. She has refused to take a nap today. She heard the beautiful guitar music playing, lied down on my bed and fell asleep within 30 seconds! Woohoo! Thanks AGAIN! 🙂

  • keren January 31, 2008 at 3:06 am

    I need to microwave mine more often! I took microbiology in college…and well, it’s just gross what could be growing on there!

    That is so funny that the music put your daughter to sleep! Definitely a first for my blog, but glad it was a blessing! 😉

  • hollymark February 2, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Great idea! This blog was featured on the WordPress dashboard and I love it! Thanks for sharing your ideas. And keep on walking with the Lord. He is good. 🙂

  • Rozalynn July 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    you can microwave the sponge for 45 secs after use and that kills the germs. I seen it on the news and it helps it dry and it helps clean your microwave.