Just The Tip: How To Sanitize Your Sponge

September 2, 2016 |

TGI #JustTheTip day, friends and lovers!

Very serious question: When was the last time you sanitized your kitchen sponge?

If you’ve owned your current sponge for longer than a week and the answer is either, “More than a week ago,” or, “Never!” then…


Just kidding. Sort of. I mean, think about how often you work your sponge and the tasks that you use it for. Yesterday alone, I used mine to clean a chef’s knife after trimming raw chicken breast, to scrub an unexpected Kombucha explosion off my counter, cabinets and floor, and then to wipe down my stovetop. And that was a light sponge day.

My point is, sponges are a terrifying breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria, and we should be sanitizing those things on the reg to stay happy, healthy, and avoid the dreaded “dirty sponge smell.” (Dirty sponge smells like wet dog, but slightly more sour—don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about.) Lest you think I’m being dramatic, I’d like to go on record saying that I’m the furthest thing from a germophobe. I shamelessly eat food off the floor, hold subway rails for dear life, and regularly sit on public toilet seats (TMI?), so please trust that I’m not fear-mongering here. You really do need to take your sponge cleaning seriously.

The good news is, today I’m sharing a very easy way to kill 99% of sponge bacteria—that does not involve a dishwasher or toxic chemicals (i.e. bleach)—in what may be the most important episode in Just The Tip’s illustrious history.

Watch and learn.

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