Do you boil/sanitize your sponges???

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Yes, I either boil them or wet them and microwave then for a very short time. I also replace them often. 🙂

We don’t have a dishwasher so they get a lot of use.

Post # 4
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I clean my sink and I also occasionally sanitize my sponges. I throw them in the microwave or the dishwasher.

Post # 5
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I toss the sponges when they get too cruddy. I clean my sink every time I finish washing dishes.

Post # 6
1167 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@BellaDee:  How do you boil them? Like in a pot?

Not me, Ive never boiled a sponge or cleaned my sink! I just toss my sponges after a while (I like new ones!) And I figure if that water and soap is enough to clean my dirty utensils and dishes, why isn’t it enough to clean the thing I put the dirty dishes in? 😉

I must say though, if I ever had to wash a baby in my sink it would go through a whole bottle of disinfectant first though!!

Post # 7
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@BellaDee:  I use scrub brushes instead of sponges so I can regularly toss them in the dishwasher with the dishes to get cleaned.  I clean the sink with soap pretty much every day but I try to bleach it once a week.  Any food that touches the sink goes into the garbage regardless though.

Post # 8
856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I soak it in vinegar and then microwave for 1 minute. It’s more effective than just water. I do that once a wclean it I also do not clean anything with meat or raw eggs.  With my sponge. I also don’t clean counters with it.

my DH cleans the sik out every night

Post # 9
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine gets used for dishes until they need to be replaced and then I use the old one to clean the bathroom with once before going on one final last journey to clean the toilet seat then bin and bye bye sponge. 

Post # 10
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I just throw sponges in the dishwasher. I also don’t know what you mean by cleaning the sink? It’s usually pretty clean, but if there are water spots, I’ll use some Barkeeper’s Friend to polish it up.

Post # 11
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Sponges and cloths are bleached and rinsed after each use and left to dry. My sink is cleaned after the dishes are done, with soft scrub. Twice a week I fill my sink with hot soapy water and bleach and let it soak. Hot water doesn’t kill meat juice germs, salmonella or most other food related illnesses. Bleach is one of my best friends…:)

Post # 12
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I throw my sponges in the dishwasher, too. I also clean the sink– a good scrub with some cleaner does the trick. 

Post # 13
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Microwave ’em.  Zappity zap.

When they deteriorate to a certain point, they become the bathtub scrubbie for a little while, and then they get tossed.

Post # 14
3948 posts
Honey bee

I throw them in the dishwasher once or twice a week

Post # 15
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BellaDee:  Why dont you use your dishwasher to wash dishes?  Just curious because with most dishwashers its actually less water, energy and thus money and resources to run a full load of dishes than washing by hand.


I have two sponges and when one comes out of the dishwasher, the other goes in. They rotate.

And just like @sarahuccs:  when they get to a certain point they become other cleaning sponges and then finally tossed.

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