Clean Kitchen Sponges

by Andrea Butje on January 23, 2013

I admit, my interest in clean kitchen sponges is a little weird–maybe a tad obsessive.

I could go on and on about the disgusting bacteria that forms on your kitchen sponge and then gets spread all over your dishes (not to mention your hands), which is why using clean kitchen sponges is so important.

If you doubt me (it’s okay!), check out this quote from WebMD:

“Consider this: One single bacteria cell can become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours! The number of bacteria it takes to make people sick can range from as few as 10 up to millions. And infections spread when germs are transferred from a contaminated item (say, your cutting board) to your hands to your body.”

Enough said, you get the drift!

Essential oils, vinegar, hydrosols, castile soap and hydrogen peroxide make it all go away! Bye-bye bacteria, hello great smelling kitchen and healthy household!

Two simple steps to clean kitchen sponges!

  1. Soak your sponges in a bowl full of half hydrogen peroxide and half hot water. I add 3 drops of a citrus oil (Lemon is great) and 3 drops of any pine oil (I usually use White Pine) to my bowl. Soak for 10–15 minutes and then rinse. Works great! Since I’m not likely to do this every day, I have a sponge spray next to the sink.
  2. Daily Sponge Spray
    This spray, with varying essential oils, is also my household cleaner on any surface that does not mind water.

5 oz water (150 mL)
2 oz hydrosol of choice (I like peppermint, 60 mL)
1 tablespoon castile soap
1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
10 drops Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita)
10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus or radiata)
40 drops White Pine essential oil (Pinus strobus)
20 drops Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)

Directions: Add all ingredients to an 8 oz spray bottle. I also have a 2 oz spray bottle that I leave by my sponges on the sink and refill as needed.

I recommend making this product fresh every few weeks.

Your kitchen will smell great and we all live happily ever after!
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Melanie Guay June 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I LOVE this. I have often heard people telling me to soak my sponges in bleach, yuck, overnight. I just couldn’t stomach doing that. This is a much better option.


Aldana March 9, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I am so trying this sponge spray! Just a question: is the Hydrosol absolutely necessary? I just don’t have any on hand at the moment… but I have everything else! 🙂
Thanks Andrea!


Andrea Butje March 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Hi Aldana,
The hydrosol can easily be left out! 🙂


Liz Fulcher January 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Yay for happily ever after! An even heartier YAY for the bacteria killing properties of essential oils! I’m a little bit sponge crazy myself, Andrea, so I get it. I put them in the dishwasher, the microwave and douse them with essential oils. Great post!


Jennifer January 24, 2013 at 12:39 pm

hi – i have a question about the recipe. Is it the regular hydrogen peroxide or the super-duper version?

Love this blog, you guys have such great insight.

Thanks –


Andrea Butje January 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Jennifer-it is the regular but I am sure the super duper would be great too! 🙂
Thanks for the nice comment on the blog, you made my day!


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