Sanitize your sponges
Ever find yourself wishing you could scrub your sponges? Here’s a better idea: microwave them or run them through the dishwasher. In 2007, the Agricultural Research Service (the principle research agency of the USDA) did a study comparing how many pathogens, yeasts, and molds were killed by various sponge sanitizing methods. Their findings? Soaking sponges in bleach, lemon juice, and deionized water only killed 37 to 87% of bacteria, whereas microwaving and dishwashing methods killed over 99%. Today, challenge yourself to microwave your sponges for about one minute or run them through the dishwasher (including a drying cycle) so that they get really clean.