I know a bunch of you are like, “DUH!!” But sponges were a giant mystery to me . . . how come they always smell gross? Does everybody use gross-smelling sponges? Do you have to throw them out after a week, or is there some secret to keeping them clean that I’m missing?
Oh yeah, I tried the dishwasher thing. You put it in the dishwasher, it comes out waterlogged with nasty dirty dishwasher water and detritus. And the microwave thing–it makes it warm, sometimes makes it turn black, and doesn’t do anything to kill the smell.
We tried using brushes for a while, but I don’t think those are any better. So I thought, well, I guess I just have to throw them out all the time. But this felt really wasteful, and it seemed like something Al Gore would frown upon. So I went to the message board community with my query, and one of the longtime posters said that she threw hers out every week, but that she would cut each sponge in half so as to be less wasteful, and also so that the sponge would fit into her glasses. Depending upon the size of the sponge, I guess you could also cut it into quarters. This sponge (cut in half) is by O-Celo and I got it at Target.
Sponges are still gross, but not as bad as they used to be.