Wipe Out: Buying Safer Sponges

Talk about an unwanted gift with purchase: Almost every sponge now sold in U.S. supermarkets is impregnated with a synthetic disinfectant—usually triclosan— that has been registered as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not only should we be concerned about washing our dishes and counter tops with triclosan, but common disinfectants may contribute to drug resistant bacteria just like antibiotics.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Buy only pure cellulose sponges by avoiding sponges in packages that use language such as “kills odors.”
  • If your sponges exude the distinctive disinfectant smell, throw them out and search for a source of sponges made of pure cellulose.
  • Sterilize sponges by boiling them in a pan of water for three to five minutes, or place them in a dish washing machine and wash with a load of dishes.

By Annie B. Bond

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Joy Wong
Joy Wong3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

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Ajla C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Vise preferiram alternativnu medicinu,njihove proizvode a posebno antibakterijske preparate.Spuzve ne koristim i nisu zdrave jer skupljaju mikrobe i bakterije.

Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.3 years ago

Great info, thank you..

Robyn L.
Robyn L.4 years ago

try pop up cellulose sponges, boil them on occasion.
Cut a loofah in half and replace your plastic scrubber.

Both the cellulose and loofah are compost fodder when they no longer cut...er...scrub it.

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Thanks Annie!