Question: How often should I replace my kitchen sponge?
Answer: Your sponge should be replaced weekly.
One of my major ‘household pet peeves’ is leaving the sponge in the kitchen sink. I put it through the dishwasher the first time it is found and the second offense is an immediate tossing. Kitchen sinks are absolutely loaded with bacteria — more than your toilet — and that sponge is used to clean your dishes.
Think about the last time you opened a package of raw meat over the drain. Did you run the water to rinse the juices? Did you clean the sink; sanitize it? Probably not, and that bacteria has made its way onto everything left sitting in the sink. Like your sponge. Goosebumps, folks. Goosebumps.
In our home, we strive for an empty sink. Lofty goal, I know, but hey, shoot for the stars. After we load our dishes into the dishwasher each evening, we take a clean sponge with a small squirt of dish soap and quickly wipe out both sink basins. Every few days, we toss the sponge into the dishwasher to rinse it out well.
Once a week or so, we use an antibacterial cleaning solution, making certain to follow the instructions. Many disinfectants and antibacterial cleaning agents need to sit on the surface to effectively kill germs. We also take care to disinfect the handles and faucet, as well as the counters surrounding the sink. After wiping out the sink, we throw away the sponge and replace it with a fresh one.
Here are some tips for maintaining a clean sink and preventing the spread of bacteria:
- Wipe your sink out nightly.
- Wash dishcloths weekly.
- Replace your kitchen sponge weekly.
- Change used dish towels daily.