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  In the kitchen, cooking and cleaning go hand in hand. This is why the kitchen sponge occupies a permanent position on the kitchen sink. It is the essential cleaning tool used in washing pots, bowls, cutleries and whatever else is used in cooking or eating. And what do we do with the sponge when we’re done washing?
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We simply put it in its container and then forget about it till it’s time for the next wash. Some of us even forget to rinse it before putting it away. However, what we don’t know is that cleaning tools like the kitchen sponge, especially the squishy, soft ones that are made of cellulose fibre require cleaning from time to time. Their damp state creates a comfortable warehouse where mould, bacteria and yeast can thrive if you let them. Today, I’ll be showing you how to clean the kitchen sponge using the microwave method. I hope you’ll not just read this piece but also practice what you learnt.
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Microwave Method

Check your sponge, ensure that it doesn’t contain any metallic material and that it doesn’t have any plastic scour pad attached to it. Afterwards, soak it in water as a dry sponge can catch fire. Put the sponge in a microwave-safe bowl. Set the timer on high and microwave it for a minute. When the time elapses, leave the sponge in the microwave to cool for at least ten to fifteen minutes before removing it. Squeeze out any excess water. Put the now clean sponge in its container and set it on the sink. That’s all. Source: Food Network Featured Image Source: Make Space
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This article was first published on 26th June 2021


Udevi, Obiamaka Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in History & International Studies. She's a freelance writer with a passion for food and healthy living. She can be contacted through her email address,

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