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09/20/2012 08:17 am ET Updated Oct 01, 2012

How To Clean And Deodorize A Sponge In A Microwave

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After a lot of use, your soft kitchen sponges can become pretty nasty. Even when you try to wash them with soap and water, they often have a lingering smell. But you don't have to toss them in the garbage, becauseReader's Digest gave us a way to clean a sponge with an appliance you probably already have in your home.

First, pour a little lemon juice into a bowl of water. Then, soak the sponge in the solution and put it in the microwave on high for one minute.

This tip is great because it only takes a minute out of your day to preserve your cleaning tool. And since the microwave is at your disposal, you can use this trick whenever you need to.

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