My suggestion is to use different colour of sponge for each are (remember to sanitize reguarly in the microwave) (and separate tea towel) and keep the one for your area in a separate spot or in a baggie. I run into this when I travel and stay in hostels. Great news that they respect your area of countertop. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the extra room. I only use paper towels for cleaning up grease or yucky stuff.
I would keep a solution of clorox to rinse my sponge in. With that said I have several friends who are the only one who eats gf and use sponges and have never had issues cleaning up with a sponge. But.... I can see why you are concerned. I personally will keep using my sponge.
I have the same dilema - I am the only one of four that is gf, and although I cook 100% of the meals gluten-free, they still have cereal, bread, tortillas, etc. that are not gf. I have a separate part of the counter space (next to the stove vs. next to the fridge) that is a gluten-free zone (as WitchyWoman suggested). I also recycle any used paper towels that I use to clean the gluten area, so I don't feel SO bad about the waste. But it is a waste, none the less.
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This question may sound strange. My husband eats gluten. When cleaning the counters, I use a lot of paper towels because I don't want to contaminate sponges. This seems very wasteful. I don't want to waste all that paper but I don't feel like I have a choice. How does everyone else deal with that?
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