Kitchen sponges are versatile cleaning supplies commonly used for washing dishes, cleaning kitchen appliances and wiping up food spills. They consist of squishy polyurethane foam to absorb liquid and retain their shape. Sponges can harbor harmful pathogens, viruses and microbes from raw eggs, meats and vegetables. Failure to sterilize kitchen sponges regularly can cause food-borne illnesses, such as Salmonella and hepatitis A. Sterilize sponges weekly to prevent contamination and create a healthier kitchen environment.
7 You can substitute a dishwasher's drying cycle for the two minutes in the microwave. Handle the bowl carefully to avoid burning yourself.
Place the bowl in the microwave. Microwave the bowl on the highest heat setting for two minutes. Operate the microwave according to the manufacturer's instructions.