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Wipe Out: Buying Safer Sponges

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.

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By Annie B. Bond

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2:53AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

Thanks for the info.

4:10PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012


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5:17AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

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

6:16PM PDT on Aug 14, 2012


7:14PM PDT on May 5, 2012


7:54AM PDT on May 5, 2012

Great info, thank you..

1:49PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

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 it.

1:17PM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Thanks Annie!

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Funny:) thank you for sharing


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