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Replace the Kitchen Sponge with a Microfiber Sponge!
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Replace the Kitchen Sponge with a Microfiber Sponge!

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Why replace your everyday kitchen sponge with a microfiber sponge? Germs and smell are a good place to start for us!

Typical Kitchen/Bathroom Sponges

While there are some biodegradable and more natural options available, the typical store bought sponge advertised as antibacterial may be saturated with triclosan, a highly toxic chemical that has not only been linked to liver and thyroid issues, but has been found to also be toxic to aquatic life. To avoid the chemicals you may chose to go sans antibacterial properties – but oh the stink of a damp sponge after a week or so! Some like to microwave traditional sponges for a few seconds to zap the bacteria… some times that works out okay and extends the use a bit, sometimes you give up and toss out the yucky thing.

Microfiber Sponges

Microfiber sponges themselves reduce bacteria by 99%, compared to only 30% with traditional sponges, giving you a cleaner and safer surface. While we usually use a home-made all-purpose type cleaner for our everyday surface cleaning, microfiber sponges are so effective they can easily clean using only water, making dangerous chemicals – or any cleaner at all, unnecessary – or at least not mandatory. While typical sponges get stinky and gross but when a microfiber sponge gets to looking a little warn it can be tossed in the washing machine and voila – fresh and like new! Microfiber itself can be washed LITERALLY hundreds of times! We have found microfiber sponges hold up best to less washes than that (as in less than one-hundred…) because the padded core tends to break down and flatten. If you’re like Lelaina you’ll find a use for the sponge as it flattens out with many-a-wash and might even like it better for certain surfaces. Microfiber was designed for repeat use, rather than to be used then discarded and good quality microfiber can last years.

The Verdict

I called my city-wide recycling program when researching my kitchen cleaning options and here’s what my representative told me –

Paper towels used for cleaning go in the trash as the fibers are typically too short for recycling. Side note: if you compost you can look further into composting your paper towels, depending on what you used them for.

Traditional Sponges go in the trash. If you wish to continue to use sponges you can always contact your local specialty recycling facility – if they do accept something like sponges you will have to collect them and deliver on your own.

Microfiber goes into the recycle bin with the other textiles to be shredded and reused.

You may chose to use microfiber sponges over traditional sponges. You may chose to use microfiber cloths over paper towels. You may chose to use old shredded t-shirts and dishcloths shoved into mesh bags over everything else. Up to you!