I don't use sponges because they are germ magnets, but my mother does. She cleans them daily by getting them damp, then zapping them in the microwave for 60 seconds. Be careful, though. You can dry them out too much.
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1.Quell oversudsing - Since, of course, we are all very careful in how much detergent we use in our laundry, we never have too many suds. But if someone overfills ... you can eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt. 2.Dry clothes in the winter - Use salt in the final laundry rinse to prevent clothes from freezing if you use an outdoor clothes line in the winter. (Con't) 432
3.Remove perspiration stains - Add four tablespoons of salt to one quart of hot water & sponge the fabric with the solution until stains fade.
I just discovered that if you microwave a wet kitchen sponge for 2 minutes on high, it kills 99% of the bacteria (including E Coli) and takes the funky smell out of it. Just make sure it's not a metalic scrubber and it's really wet.
As a little bonus, the steam from the wet sponge got my microwave nice and clean too. Just had to wipe it with a papertowel.
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.
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