Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Hints from Laurie

I usually read the Hints from Heloise column in my local newspaper. It amazes me the trouble people will go to in order to save about six cents.

One frequently recurring question is, "How do I get the sour smell out of my sponge?"

Hint from Heloise:

Soak the sponge in lemon juice and rinse it out. This will remove the odor for good but keep in mind that it is important to either dispose of, bleach, or run your sponge through your dishwasher regularly to keep bacteria from growing.

Good grief. You can get a bag of sponges at the dollar store for...well...a dollar. Better yet, environment or not, killing trees or not, I never use sponges. They are filthy, disgusting bacteria hotels. I'm a paper towel girl.


Adela said...

The government just did a study (paid for by our tax dollars) on which method is most effective at killing grodies in sponges, and the best method is to nuke it for a minute while damp. The dishwasher method is almost as good but you have to use the sani wash and the drying cycle. Takes a lot longer.


Laurie said...

Adela - Very interesting!

so said...

Interesting...the most foolish example of "penny wise and pound foolish" I've heard about is for disposable razors. Supposedly if you dry them thoroughly after each use, they will remain sharp for a year. How much does a disposable razor cost and how much is your time worth to dry "thoroughly?" They're nuts.

Adela said...


Laurie, the nuking trick works on other things too. :)

Laurie said...

so - Sounds like a tetanus shot situation just waiting to happen to me.