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Old 12-26-2007, 10:22 AM   #71
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Why would you put a sponge in the dishwasher? Did you ever see the water from a load of dishes? Leave a cup upside down on the top rack and you'll see what I mean. That cloudy, murky water will be absorbed INSIDE the sponge............and Lysol? Why would you spray Lysol on it?

I buy packs of 3 or so sponges, when the Scotch Brite side wears out, it gets used on anything else besides dishes and a new one comes out.

There is a point where your spending more to clean a sponge than it costs for a new one.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:26 AM   #72
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there might be something wrong with your dishwasher if your getting cloudy murky water. I get nothing of the sort with mine.

but I certainly agree with you on putting it in the dishwasher. what if you have ecoli or some sort of toxin in your sponge? if your water temp in the dishwasher isn't hot enough your just going to contaminate every dish in there. You basicly have just installed a time release pathogen dispenser.

I've been using the microwave techniqe along with bleach. (in fact I just ruined my brand new shirt from Christmas the very day I got it doing so )
but I've been only doing it for like 45 seconds, perhaps I should increase the time!

Thanks for the post.
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:45 AM   #73
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there might be something wrong with your dishwasher if your getting cloudy murky water. I get nothing of the sort with mine.
I'm not saying it looks like water from the East River, but there's bits of food and crud. It's not like a dish where it gets rinsed off and dried. That crud is still in there.
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:32 AM   #74
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Jeekins, I'm with you. I use a dishcloth to clean in my kitchen and it gets replaced daily. I'm doing laundry anyway so its no biggie. Sponges just don't do the job IMO. And I'm with you on the dishwasher thing. BLECH! (although, if you run a cycle with vinegar you would be amazed at the breakdown of the crud factor)
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:54 PM   #75
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I used dishcloths, too. I have a huge basket under my work table filled with them and I use them with abandon. They get washed the next day and it's great. I do use the little green scrubbing pads for stuff I've burned really badly but after a few heavy uses, they seem to kind of disentigrate and get tossed. Does anyone know if they can be safely microwaved?
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:50 AM   #76
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Why would you put a sponge in the dishwasher? Did you ever see the water from a load of dishes? Leave a cup upside down on the top rack and you'll see what I mean. That cloudy, murky water will be absorbed INSIDE the sponge............and Lysol? Why would you spray Lysol on it?

I buy packs of 3 or so sponges, when the Scotch Brite side wears out, it gets used on anything else besides dishes and a new one comes out.

There is a point where your spending more to clean a sponge than it costs for a new one.


Lysol Kitchen Spray is made especially for use in the kitchen for countertops
and cutting boards, so why not use it for the sponge also?

Clorox Anywhere is also a germ fighter. I sometimes soak the sponge in some bleah and water for a few minutes. I even put some bleach into the dish water.
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Fishers Mom, don't bother trying to save those green scrubbies. Just buy a pack at the dollar store and cut them in half to double their efficiency.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:38 PM   #78
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Yep, I get mine at Sam's in a big pack and then cut them in half. I was just wondering after reading this thread if I should be microwave sanitizing them. Really, I've never worried too much about all this until I joined DC. We've never had food poisoning but then again, I didn't do a lot of cooking from scratch before.

I'm not a neat freak but I've always been conscious that germs are everywhere so I use bleach regularly in the kitchen and the bathroom and make the kids wash their hands and then don't worry about pet hair or dust or any of the other things that float around my house.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:46 PM   #79
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There is such a thing as being TOO clean. Its important to get rid of things that could cause food poisoning, but really the rest of it you can just leave. They've done various studies that show folks who DON'T clean with bleach and antibacterial stuff have tougher immune systems. YAY for the messy housewives!
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Is cleaning a sponge kinda like eating tongue?
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