A few of you have emailed me and asked me how to keep your kitchen sponges smelling fresh. If you use a sponge to wash your dishes you’ve probably noticed that after a few days it starts smelling pretty awful. Well here’s the solution: vinegar. To “keep and sponges smelling fresh [soak them] overnight in a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar and water.” In the morning pull them out of the vinegar/water solution, rinse and they are ready for use! Not only will your sponge smell fresh again but it will be disinfected.
While you are cleaning the coffeemaker, use the first batch of vinegar/water mix to clean out the coffee pot. After the vinegar/water mix has finished “brewing” swirl the mixture around the pot to break down the coffee stains. Pour the vinegar/water out and then use a sponge to wipe the coffee ring off! Replace the pot to finish the last two rinse cycles for the coffeemaker.
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This series is based on a book I received from my mom at Christmas. All items in quotations are referenced from Vinegar: 1001 Practical Household Uses.