Smelly Sponges

Do any of you have problems with your sponges starting to smell bad? I don't know why, but I've gone through two sponges in the last two weeks! For some reason bacteria seem to be proliferating in my dish sponge. It's very disturbing, because I'm an all out sponge girl. I hat dish cloths - they're always so wet and limp. No, I like a nice springy sponge, and I use them for everything. My mom always laughs at me, because I don't like to use a cloth to wipe off the counter - it has to be a sponge.

So now you can see why it is such a huge deal that my sponges aren't lasting more than a week! This is not good. I tried soaking it in my anti-bacterial dish soap. I tried making sure to squeeze the water out every time I use it. I tried washing it in the dishwasher. Nothing gets rid of that smell. And it's strong. I can smell it when I come in the front door.

My mother never had this problem! What is going on here?

So I went to the grocery store for more sponges. I usually look for pretty sponges, but this time a non-smelly sponge was more important than prettiness.

So I bought the most ugly sponges in the store, because they promised they were more sanitary! Estracell More Sanitary Sponges. Here's what the package said: "Independent test results demonstrate that bacteria will not feed and survive on the sponge fibers of Estracell sponge material . . .Naturally! Also, the unique cell structure rinses cleaner and dries out faster, eliminating the perfect breeding condition for bacteria and fungal growth. These qualities make Estracell more sanitary."

Sounded good to me! We'll see if these sponges do indeed last longer than my normal sponges. Anybody else have this problem? Any tips on what might help?

The sponges I got can be seen at, by the way.
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Chandra said...

Put them in a bowl of water in the microwave and nuke 'em until water boils. This actually kills the baterical. Don't burn yourself! Rinse with cold water.

Unknown said...

We always put ours in the dishwasher and it always takes the smell out!

AmyK said...

Weird! I'm a sponge girl, too, but it usually takes quite a while before my sponges start smelling bad--and they're never THAT bad.

Do you have separate sponges for separate jobs? I have a dish sponge, a counter sponge, a floor sponge, and an "other stuff" sponge. I never use the same sponge for different jobs.

I have NO idea why yours would smell! Weird!

Jessica said...

Someone told me to throw them in the microwave for 5 or 10 seconds after you use them, and it will kill the germs. Kinda like what Chandra said. I've never tried it though, because I don't usually have that problem too badly. But I only use my sponges for washing dishes and deep cleaning jobs, so it sounds like you use yours a lot more than me.

Brittney Galloway said...

Hmm, that is strange. We use Ocello sponges (or something like that, haha) and they have been wonderful for the past 10 years or so. We replace ours every 3-4 months.

Anonymous said...

good luck! I know what you mean with the smell and I just throw them out, haha. I can't stand it or I put them in the dishwasher.

Jenene said...

I was actually going to suggest those sponges until I saw that you bought some! No pretty sponges for me either. Just cheap sponges that work (and don't smell).

Kara @ Just1Step said...

I always soak the sponge in water then put it in the microwave for 2 minutes. This kills 99.99% of the germs...and the smell. :)

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