I was very surprised to read this bit of advice about cleaning sponges. What surprised me is that I've never heard it before:
For example, it’s obviously important to clean your sink and counters regularly, but what you clean them with makes a difference.Such a simple thing. Why isn't this shouted from house-tops all across America? I mean, it's so easy and sensible. Anyway, we'll all do this now that we know about it. Right?
“Make sure you are not doing it with a dirty sponge. So often our sponges harbor all kinds of bacteria. The best way to take care of that: you can microwave it in 30 second intervals or so until it smells good,” said McCraken.