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Old 02-24-2014, 05:50 PM   #31
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I like this thread - read every post! (not sure why....)

I live in Ontario, Canada. Similar weather to Wisconsin methinks.

I love making AND using the dishrags (or cloths) to wash dishes, and counters and stove and tables afterwards. Sponges just don't soak up the entire mess (too small and fiddly).

Also, didn't Oprah some years back have on an expert who claimed that sponges are the WORST for bacteria storage on them?

and true: it's a great way to test out a new pattern. They also make cute gifts with a bar of homemade soap (my other hobby).
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:57 PM   #32
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I like this thread - read every post! (not sure why....)

... Also, didn't Oprah some years back have on an expert who claimed that sponges are the WORST for bacteria storage on them?
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I have no idea what Oprah may or may not have said on her show; I only ever watched one episode. But it would be worth knowing whether the sponges in question had been regularly laundered (as mine are) and/or soaked in a solution of Dawn + bleach + hot water in the kitchen sink, whenever they don't look "clean enough" after being through the washing machine.

Some "experts" suggest sanitizing sponges in the microwave, but I can't deal with the thought of putting sponges (unless they've just come fresh from the washing machine) into the microwave for any reason other than wiping the surfaces off. Turning on the heat in the microwave? when a sponge is sitting inside??? sounds

1) nuts
2) completely unsanitary

My DH (bless his heart...) uses the microwave every workday to eat a frozen, processed meal (yes, I used to get up and cook for him, but he would still eat this frozen, processed junk, so I stopped getting up to cook). The food splots here and there in the microwave, making quite a mess. I can just imagine the gunk in a non-laundered sponge splotting here and there in the microwave, too....

So, again, were these "eternal sponges" on Oprah's show? meaning that they had never been laundered/bleached/cleaned since being put into service? Or were they like mine, washed regularly and additionally soaked overnight in a bleach solution when they looked like they needed it?

That would be worth knowing.
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:20 PM   #33
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I have no idea what Oprah may or may not have said on her show; I only ever watched one episode. But it would be worth knowing whether the sponges in question had been regularly laundered (as mine are) and/or soaked in a solution of Dawn + bleach + hot water in the kitchen sink, whenever they don't look "clean enough" after being through the washing machine.

Some "experts" suggest sanitizing sponges in the microwave, but I can't deal with the thought of putting sponges (unless they've just come fresh from the washing machine) into the microwave for any reason other than wiping the surfaces off. Turning on the heat in the microwave? when a sponge is sitting inside??? sounds

1) nuts
2) completely unsanitary

My DH (bless his heart...) uses the microwave every workday to eat a frozen, processed meal (yes, I used to get up and cook for him, but he would still eat this frozen, processed junk, so I stopped getting up to cook). The food splots here and there in the microwave, making quite a mess. I can just imagine the gunk in a non-laundered sponge splotting here and there in the microwave, too....

So, again, were these "eternal sponges" on Oprah's show? meaning that they had never been laundered/bleached/cleaned since being put into service? Or were they like mine, washed regularly and additionally soaked overnight in a bleach solution when they looked like they needed it?

That would be worth knowing.

Good questions. I long ago realized that per experts, anybody who ever ate anything from my kitchen must be dead. Fortunately they've not come back to tell me about it. Come to think of it, they've come back alive and eaten again. I remember the "life demands Lysol" slogan. My response was: don't give in to unreasonable demands. I was in a store one day and recall talking to the person who checked me out about a *news* report on dust mites and how it had caused people to rush out and buy new pillows and their stock was just about exhausted. Funny how the things we live with don't cause us harm unless the *experts* tell us they will. I do think a reasonable standard of cleanliness is a very good idea. How we each achieve it is an individual matter. Too much disinfecting of every surface in our homes IMO contributes to resistant bacteria. Bleach has been used for a long, long time and seems to do just fine as in your case with sponges. I use a lot of vinegar because it cleans lots of things well and is an antifungal. I don't use bleach much. At some point I read or heard that vinegar actually gets rid of most of the bacteria we need to be concerned about too. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. All I can say for sure is that if everything that is so dangerous to us were all that horrible, who could possibly be around to care?
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Me personally, I knit dishcloths for a variety of reasons, some mentioned already in this thread. But while I was growing up here in Idaho, my family never really used a handmade dishcloth, or wash rag, but we did use washrags from old towels and so on. Ever since I started knitting though, I usually like to make them up, and use them in my own household since it actually is a bit cheaper here to make them rather than buy them.
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I crochet them, too.http://www.ravelry.com/projects/AllT...ve-dishcloth-3
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