Green Cleaning Tips: Quickly Deodorizing a Sponge

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Green Cleaning Tips

How to Quickly Deodorize a Sponge


One of the things I hate the most is a stinky kitchen sponge. I’ve tried buying all the different brands of sponges. Even the ones that claim to be odor free sponges but I have never met a sponge that does not get a nasty to smell to it after a short time of regular use.

I try to use green cleaning products as much as possible. If I have a safe product at home that I can use instead of one with harsh chemicals I will use it instead. There are many safe products in your kitchen cabinet that can be used for your green cleaning chores that are safe to use and still get the job done.

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How to get a stinky smell out of a sponge.

Heinz Vinegar is one of those products that has so many uses in my home.  Now that I think about it I have been using white vinegar to clean in my home all of my life. I grew up watching my mother and grandmother using it to clean the windows, shine up any stainless steel appliances we ever had and to clean the coffee pot.

Heinz has recently come out with a new Cleaning Vinegar. I am sad to say that I have not been able to find it in my area yet. I haven’t been to Walmart lately so they may have gotten in since my last visit so be sure to check your own Wal-Mart location to see if they do have it.

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Plain white vinegar will deodorize a sponge in minutes.

To get rid of that stinky sour smell all sponges eventually get all you need to do is pour some white vinegar over the sponge and completely saturate it. Let the sponge soak up the vinegar and sit for about 5 minutes. Rinse the sponge well. That’s it. Take a sniff and you will see that your sponge now is completely odor free.

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Refresh a sponge with white vinegar


 Vinegar can be used to clean, kill bacteria and deodorize many items in your home without using harsh chemicals. 

Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. I have not been compensated in any way by Heinz Vinegar, a product that I have used for cleaning in my home all of my life.

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  1. says

    Try this other way to clean your sponge: saturate with water and squeeze out. Put sponge on a plate and microwave it for 1 minute. Remove from oven and run cold water on it and squeeze out (sponge will be hot right out of the micro). Smell it — perfect!

  2. Maria says

    I like to use vinegar for numerous green cleaning applications. I especially like soaking my vegetables and fruits in a solution of 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar. It takes off lots of the chemicals. We do it when we bring it home from the store, that way the kids can grab a piece of fruit whenever they want.

  3. says

    I know how to clean with natural products from my grandma. She has been using it since she was young. It is good because she has never spent a penny for chemical products. I use vinegar for cleaning plenty of surfaces in my house. It helps me to get rid of bacteria, germs and bad smell. I often use it for cleaning my fridge: vinegar + water in equal portions and a sponge – this recipe makes miracles! Thanks for sharing your nice tips! Keep up the great work!

    • says


      What a wonderful grandmother you have. I use vinegar to clean everything in my home. I keep a spray bottle filled with a mixture of vinegar, water and a drop or two of Dawn pure dishwashing detergent. It works on everything.


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