No matter how hard you try to battle it, kitchens and bathrooms can be filled with bacteria. Whether it’s around the toilet, close to the sink or next to the bin – bacteria lives everywhere; including in the cloths and sponges that you use for cleaning. Rather than throwing your sponges away when they get dirty, if you look after your cleaning equipment properly, your sponges and cloths can last for weeks.
Find out how to keep sponges clean in this blog and discover how you can use your kitchen appliances to sanitise your cleaning materials.
Types Of Sponges
There is a range of different types of sponges for cleaning, with different benefits and strengths, but the main two that are common in commercial and domestic kitchens are sponge cloths and sponge scourers.
Sponge cloths are good for cleaning worktops and glass kitchenware, with great manoeuvrability and adaptability. However, they’re not ideal for removing stubborn grease and grime.
Sponge scourers normally have two sides, one that’s smoother and is more effective at cleaning plates and dishes, and another that’s rough, perfect for stubborn grease and grime on worktops, appliances, and more.
How To Keep Sponges Clean
Wash your sponge after use
After you finish cleaning with your sponge or cloth, it’s important that you thoroughly rinse it and remove any scraps of food. Be sure to spray the cloth or sponge with antibacterial spray – this will help to keep germs at bay between more thorough cleans.
Use the dishwasher to clean your sponge
You may never have considered putting your cleaning sponges in the dishwasher. This easy and effective way of cleaning sponges and cloths can remove up to 99.9998% of bacteria – making it one of the most useful ways to sanitise your cleaning sponges. Simply put the sponge in the utensil area of the dishwasher and run a cycle as normal.
Soak sponge in bleach
Prepare a bleach solution of about 10% strength and soak the sponge for 3 minutes. Using protective gloves, wring the sponge, rinse it with water, and place it in a container to dry out. Repeat this as necessary until the sponge or cloth is visibly clean and odour-free.
Soak sponge in baking soda
Soaking sponges or cloths in a baking soda solution is also a good way to eliminate bad odours from your sponges and cloths. Add two tablespoons of baking soda to two pints of water and soak the sponge in the solution for an hour.
Colour Coding Sponges
If you’re serious about hygiene and want to make sure that you’re keeping the risk of cross-contamination in your kitchen low, then using a colour coded system to distinguish the purpose of different sponges is a great idea.
This will help you to keep the red sponges that clean surfaces that touch raw meat away from the blue sponges that clean your drinking glasses, for example. Combining a colour coding system with these sponge cleaning methods will keep your sponges as clean as possible.