If you toss and swap your sponge after just a week or so of use, you’re not alone (Rach does that!) -- but according to organizing expert Peter Walsh, there are a couple of other things you can do.
Though he doesn’t blame you if you’re too grossed out not to use and toss yours frequently, he also suggests having two sponges on rotation in your kitchen -- and giving them a good clean between uses!
"Every time you turn on the dishwasher," Peter explains, "throw your sponge on the top shelf and let it clean."
So smart. And that’s not the only sponge-cleaning trick he has!
You can also soak your sponge in vinegar and put it in the microwave for 2 minutes, he explains. Let it sit for another 2 minutes to cool down -- and voila! Clean as a whistle.
Not to mention, that one’s a double-duty trick!
"The vapor will release all of the gunk on the inside of the microwave and then you can wipe that clean [too]."
Genius. (After all, microwaves get SO dirty, are we right?)
Now, of course, sponges aren’t made to last forever -- so when you notice that yours has seen way better days, don’t be afraid say goodbye!