How to get rid of odor from dish sponge?
Nancy from Wood Ridge, NJ
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By Larissa A.06/22/2015
From what I've heard it's really dangerous to add bleach to water with dishsoap in it! Many dishsoaps contain ammonia-like chemicals and react dangerously when bleach is added- the resulting reaction can produce highly toxic chlorine and chloramine gases. Both of these gases are highly caustic, and can be fatal if inhaled. Many dishsoaps actually say "Do Not Add Bleach" right on the label, for this reason. Bleach and dishsoap is one more example of 'never mix bleach and ammonia'.
Sponges are likely an open-cell structure, that's why they hold liquid, and bacteria.
Has anyone tried a closed-cell sponge? Seems like it would not retain liquid yet provide the desired scrubbing properties.
By Lynda (Guest Post)07/04/2008
You've gotten lots of good ideas about odors, but I wanted to warn about using a sponge scrubber on too many pots and pans, then popping them in the microwave. The microscopic
metal filings left in the sponge will often burn a whole in the sponge if left for more than two minutes or if left scrubber side down.
I'm more than careful now, use a stiff brush on metal, and buy a $1.00 Package of 6 cheap sponge scrubbers from the dollar store which lasts several months. Rather than toss a worn one away, I recycle them to use on dirty fingerprints and such on the walls and appliances, as well as for woodwork and shoe cleaning. Save, save, save. Recycle, recycle, recycle. : )
By woofey (Guest Post)07/03/2008
I nuke all my sponges in the microwave for 3 minutes. Make sure they are very damp before you do this.
By Karyn 07/03/2008
To ensure clean and pleasant smelling cloths and sponges, do what my mother in law taught me. Add a small amount of bleach to your dish water when washing the dishes. Of course make sure you rinse the dishes after you wash them. You cloths stay nice and clean and don't get stains on them either.
By Judi 07/01/2008
I couldn't live with the smell of sponges and couldn't afford a new one every 2-3 days! Instead I bought a package of cheap bath cloths in white (a color I would NEVER let my guys use!) and these are only for the kitchen. Everybody knows this and they don't use them but after they're washed it wouldn't matter anyway. Every night I toss that one in the dirty hamper and lay out a clean one for the next day. No more bad smells!
By Sandi/Poor But Proud 07/01/2008
I too gave up sponges. I use 8/1.00 Handiwipes from the dollar tree. Every two weeks, I toss it and get another clean one. But, if you like them, yes, microwave them.
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I have a request. I would like to know if anyone can tell me why my sponge scrubber gets a funny odor on it when it has been laying on my stainless steel sink. It is not a mildew or moldy smell. I have tried cleaning my sink with vinegar, Comet, brasso, and putting it in the dishwasher. The dishwasher will remove the smell for a little while, but the smell comes back. Any ideas?
Diane from Indiana
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