How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven

How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven. Sponges are convenient and reusable, but they carry a big problem. If they're used all day, all over the kitchen, they can pick up a lot of bacteria and viruses along with the spills and splatters. Luckily there is something in nearly every kitchen that can clean sponges, and it doesn't just clean them, it sterilizes them: The microwave-it's not just for popcorn anymore.

Things You'll Need

  • Microwave oven
  • Water
  • Dirty sponge
How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven
How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven (Image: Pierce Media)

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Step 1

Rinse the sponge with clean water. Be sure the sponge is wet.

How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven
How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 2

Place the sponge in the microwave.

How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven
How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 3

Microwave it on the oven's highest power setting. An ordinary kitchen sponge should take about 2 minutes.

How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven
How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 4

Remove the sponge from the microwave carefully, as it will be hot.

How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven
How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 5

Let it cool off and the sterilized sponge can be used again.

How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven
How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven (Image: Pierce Media)

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the sponge is wet before you place it in the microwave. A dry sponge could catch on fire.
  • Don't leave your microwave unattended while doing this.
  • Be careful removing the sponge from the microwave, as it will be very hot.
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