Green Menu Item – Boiled Sponge

Instead of tossing out your kitchen sponge at the first sign of a sour odor, just submerge it for a minimum of 12-15 minutes in a large pot of boiling water. This process sanitizes the sponge and kills 100% of the odor-causing bacteria. Using a pair of tongs, agitate and flip the sponge every few minutes to ensure that the hot water reaches all surfaces. Although it’s okay to put your sponge in the pot when the water is still cold, just be certain to bring the water to a full boil before starting your timer. When the time is up, your sponge will emerge completely odor-free and ready-to-go again. If necessary, use some Bon-Ami® powdered cleanser to remove any scum that accumulates on the inside of your pot.

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