How to Microwave a Kitchen Sponge to Kill Germs

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This simple household cleaning tip on how to microwave a kitchen sponge to kill germs is an easy way to keep your sponge's germ-free. Kitchen sponges are a major source of germs, harboring 150 times more bacteria, mold, and yeast than a toothbrush holder. Sponges are the worst place for germs in the kitchen; they provide a damp, nurturing environment for bacteria from raw meat to grow. What might surprise you, even more, is that the cleanest looking kitchens are often the dirtiest because they are constantly being wiped up so frequently, thus spreading bacteria all over the kitchen. Ironically some of the cleanest kitchens, are in the homes of bachelors who rarely wipe down the kitchen counter tops. So one of the best ways to clean sponges that have been in contact with all sorts of foods from raw egg to uncooked meat and raw vegetables may be the microwave.

Using that microwave for everything from cooking and defrosting food can leave it looking pretty dirty. It can also be one of the trickiest things in the kitchen to clean, with all the splatter and grime that takes a lot of elbow grease to rub off. You can use simple house cleaning tips and tricks to get your microwave looking clean again, and it won't take a whole lot of scrubbing to get there. One of the household cleaning tips you can use is with about 1/4 cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of white vinegar, with about 5 to 6 drops of thyme, lemongrass or lemon essential oil. Combine all of the ingredients to make a cleaning paste. Then apply the cleaning paste to the walls and the bottom of the microwave with a soft cloth or sponge. Then rinse well and leave the microwave door open to help air dry for about 30 minutes.

Another natural cleaning idea for the microwave uses water, warm water, and baking soda. Start by putting about one cup of water into a microwavable dish and heating the water until it boils. Turn off the microwave and let the water sit for about one minute. Then dissolve about 1/4 cup of baking soda in some warm water and using s sponge or cloth, wash the interior of the microwave with this natural cleaning solution to clean and deodorize. You can also use white vinegar as a natural cleaning solution to help loosen up food grime and to clean the microwave. Start by placing a microwave safe dish with a couple of cups of water, and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. You can also clean microwave with lemon, leaving both your microwave and kitchen smelling lemony fresh. This household cleaning tip on how to microwave a kitchen sponge to kill germs can be found on the "Moms Against Cooties" site. This site is an online discussion forum for mom launched by The Water Quality and Health Council. The cooties in the title refer to bacteria, viruses, and parasites that spread illnesses like the flu, colds, and strep throat. **

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