Originally Posted by Woodi
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?
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
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.