Have you ever heard how so many unexpected places or objects contain more germ than those that are widely viewed as being “dirty”? e.g. toilet area, under wears…etc.
Though often ignored, things like our hands and coins & dollar bills we use actually contain more number of germs than anyone expects. And this is probably why we’ve been told endlessly by our parents to wash our hands before we eat.

Similarly, it sometimes scares, and even amazes, me to see how many people ignore the importance of sanitizing kitchen sponges that are used to clean our dishes and silverwares.

Sanitize Kitchen Sponge

Sanitizing a kitchen sponge with microwave kills 99 percent of germs on it.

If you think a kitchen sponge is always kept clean by getting rubbed with a soap all the time, think again.
In fact, many researchers say that a kitchen sponge contains and absorbs so many germs from dirty dishes, that it should ideally be replaced¬†with a new one every few weeks. However, as replacing a kitchen sponge every few weeks poses financial problems to many average homes, there’s also an alternative way to keep our kitchen safe from kitchen-sponge-germs.
That is, to sanitize using microwave. The process is quite simple. 1) You rinse your sponge until it is completely free of soap residue. When all the soap residue has been washed away, 2) soak your sponge in clean water to prevent it from drying up and catching fire in the microwave. Then, 3) immediately place your wet sponge in the microwave, and microwave it for 30 seconds at a time until it gets hot and steamy. You must microwave only for 30 seconds at a time to ensure that the sponge does not dry out and catch fire. Finally, 4) simply remove a hot, steamy microwaved sponge using tongs as it will be very hot. And let it dry in a sanitary place.
While being a simple process, this microwave-sanitizing kills 99 percent of the germs from your kitchen sponge. And it is recommended to sanitize a kitchen sponge about 3 times a week.

So from now on, instead of wondering about how to keep a kitchen safe and germ-free by using expensive and complicated methods, you could start simply by sanitizing your kichen sponge. Hope this post helps in doing so. =)