11 Methods To Shorten The Life Of Your Microwave – Reader’s Digest

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Microwave sponges

If you know your way around kitchen hacks, you may already know that putting your probably very dirty kitchen sponge in the microwave for a minute or two is a great way to clean it. But you need to make sure you don’t mess up your microwave! Your kitchen sponge could “be covered in salmonella, staphylococci and other bacteria for days after use,” warns George Pitchkhadze, CMO at Thrive Cuisine. And he says while the dishes you use the sponge on will dry and negate the bacteria, that can’t be said for the microwave. “They hold moisture well and are often warm, which makes them perfect breeding grounds for all types of diseases,” he says. “Using a kitchen sponge on your microwave is a great way to give yourself, your guests and family members something bad.” However, this doesn’t mean that you should stop cleaning your sponge – just make sure to clean the microwave afterwards! In particular, clean the inside of your microwave with disposable biodegradable fabrics, he suggests.

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