How to Deodorize a Smelly Sponge With Baking Soda

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Did you know that your kitchen sponge can have almost the same amount of bacteria as your toilet bowl?

Gross, I know, not to mention the foul odor coming from it. Most people use bleach to sanitize their sponges. But I prefer a more natural and inexpensive solution.

Baking soda and vinegar are both powerhouses when it comes to cleaning and deodorizing things.

Skip the bleach and freshen your sponge with baking soda.

I use this method all the time. Give it a try.

What you’ll need:

2 tablespoons baking soda
2-4 tablespoons white vinegar
2 cups of water
A shallow container

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Steps on How to Deodorize Sponge with Baking Soda and Vinegar:

1. Mix water with 2-4 tablespoons of white vinegar.

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2. Add in 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Stir it a little bit.

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3. Soak the kitchen sponge in the solution for 20-30 minutes. Gently press it down to let the sponge absorb the solution.

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4. After 30 minutes, remove the sponge from the container and rinse with running water.

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5. Squeeze the water out of the sponge.

6. Place it back on the sponge holder.

I Don’t Have White Vinegar. Can I Just Use Baking Soda?

You can skip using white vinegar if you only want to remove the foul odor. But vinegar has an ingredient called acetic acid. Acetic acid is a germ killer.

So it’s better to use baking soda with white vinegar.

How Often Should I Change My Kitchen Sponge?

Change your kitchen sponge every 2-4 weeks. It will depend heavily on how often you use it.

As a rule of thumb, if I see my sponge looking a bit worn out, I replace it immediately.


And that’s how you clean and deodorize your kitchen sponge with baking soda and vinegar.

It’s a great alternative to using bleach and so much friendlier on the environment and nose.

On a different topic, are you by any chance a cat parent like me? Did you know that baking soda is also effective in deodorizing the kitty litter box? Read the full article on how to deodorize the cat litter box if you want to learn more.

Are you going to start using baking soda and white vinegar to deodorize your sponge?

I hope this article was helpful to you. Thank you for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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