I use sponges to wash dishes, those that are not dishwasher safe, Sponges can be washed on the top shelf of your dishwasher. After they cool check to see if any water can be rung out then microwave for 30 seconds to kill any remaining bacteria.
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To keep your sponge for washing dishes germ free, zap it in the microwave for 20 seconds while it is damp. It makes me feel better about cleaning my silverware compared to using an old sponge that has been sitting out on the counter or edge of the sink!
Almost everyone uses a dish sponge to clean dishes but they get nasty so here is my trick to clean your sponge and your microwave. To sanitize your sponge microwave it for 1 minute as long as it is damp (say after cleaning dishes) it will create a steam bath and loosen the grime in your microwave. So now your sponge is clean and your microwave just needs to be wiped out to sparkle.
I take my dish sponge and soak it in water then throw it in the microwave for 2 min. It kill the germs in the dish sponge and everything in the microwave wipes off very easily. Get a clean sponge and microwave all in one.
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