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Old 01-25-2007, 07:51 AM   #41
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Yes, may I suggest washing the sponge before putting in the microwave?

But I'm just going to continue using the Lysol Kitchen Spray for now.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:48 AM   #42
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Yes, may I suggest washing the sponge before putting in the microwave?

But I'm just going to continue using the Lysol Kitchen Spray for now.
I was going to say "that goes without saying" and then I read SuzyQ3's post about the funky sponge. If it's gone funky, it's gone funky. That's when you toss it and get a new one. I can't say that I deliberately wash mine before putting it in the microwave, because if it's still got soap in it, that soap will foam up. I always rinse it well though.

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Old 01-25-2007, 12:51 PM   #43
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I was going to say "that goes without saying" and then I read SuzyQ3's post about the funky sponge. If it's gone funky, it's gone funky. That's when you toss it and get a new one. I can't say that I deliberately wash mine before putting it in the microwave, because if it's still got soap in it, that soap will foam up. I always rinse it well though.

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My sponge was fairly new, so I didn't have any reason to suspect funkiness. The weird thing was that the smell it emitted was one of chicken broth. Weird. So from now on, I'll do this only after putting the sponge in the dishwasher first. Or maybe I'll just buy more sponges and change them every Saturday so that I can be like VeraBlue.
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:15 PM   #44
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And on today's MSN page, this is causing microwave fires.
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:29 PM   #45
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And on today's MSN page, this is causing microwave fires.
Only if the sponge isn't wet.
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Old 01-26-2007, 02:26 AM   #46
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Works for cloth, too. I bleach my cloth once a week, but zap it (wet!) at other times. I've also used the microwave for a quick way to sterilize jars for pickling - half an inch of water in the bottom and boil on high for a few minutes. I've also zapped my wood chopping board, and dirty cane baskets, making sure they're wet and checking them frequently over a minute or two. Never had a problem. ( Don't try this with a plastic board!)
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:41 AM   #47
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I was going to say "that goes without saying" and then I read SuzyQ3's post about the funky sponge. If it's gone funky, it's gone funky. That's when you toss it and get a new one. I can't say that I deliberately wash mine before putting it in the microwave, because if it's still got soap in it, that soap will foam up. I always rinse it well though.

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Just because it has gone funky, it doesn't mean that it's the end of the world. It can still be saved by washing it in some hot soapy water and a little bleach.

I've done this many times to get rid of the funky smell the sponges can sometimes pick up. Then, if you want, the sponge can be zapped in the microwave oven.

People at work send small towels through the dishmachine several times to clean them. I've seen them do that many times.
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:59 AM   #48
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I guess one person's "funky" is another person's "dirty". To me, funky is past dirty. And if there's any question, it's worth it to me to toss and replace. Because I was in such dire straits with my illness of a couple of years ago, I'm more susceptible to upper respiratory cooties (I just had two chest xrays yesterday to see if I have pneumonia again). I take no chances.

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Old 01-27-2007, 11:55 AM   #49
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Funky is used in two terms; both good AND bad.

Examples: "This food is really funky. I like it!" and "Whoa this house smells funky. Gross!"
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Funky is used in two terms; both good AND bad.

Examples: "This food is really funky. I like it!" and "Whoa this house smells funky. Gross!"
Very true! I use it that way all the time too. But in the other direction, it's pretty bad! (And I don't mean good!)

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