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Time to stop sponging…

I very dear friend of mine ran a bed and breakfast.  One of the best tips she shared was that  during her tenure as a B&B owner the health department required she changed dish towels every day.  She also has 2 towels in the kitchen every day.  One for hands and one for dishes.  pie-artur-rutkowski-37502

That got me to thinking.  Of course that is a fabulous idea.  How many of you do this?  Did you even give it any thought?

Dish sponges are a breeding ground for gross germs and bacteria. A good rule of thumb is to throw yours out every two weeks — or the second they start to smell — to keep your kitchen sanitized.

I personally don’t use sponges. I knit dish cloths.  knit-mabel-amber-101277

This is the pattern I use:

Waffle Knit Dishcloth
from Homespun Living

Materials: 1 ball Lion cotton yarn; additional yarn for colored stripe, if desired.
Size 6 needles (4.25 mm)


Cast on 38 stitches.
Knit 3 rows for border.

Row 1: (right side): Knit.

Row 2: K 3, purl to last 3 stitches, k 3.

Row 3: K 3, (P 2, k 1) 10 times, p 2, k 3.

Row 4: K 3, (K 2, p 1) 10 times, k 5.

Repeat these 4 rows, 6 times. If a colored center stripe is desired, change yarn now and work rows 1 – 4, 2 times in desired color.
Change back to main color and work the 4 row pattern, 6 times.

Knit last 4 rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.

Thanks and have a great day!!!  I love your comments.  By the way dishcloths are the only thing I knit.  Living in AZ we don’t have much use for mittens and scarfs.



#sponge #kitchen #cleanup.



I am from Oklahoma. Now living the dream in Arizona. I'm a sassy, creative and outspoken southern gal. I believe that if you can read you can go anywhere. One of my favorite sayings is "If you knew you could not fail what would you do?" I enjoy helping other people. My friends know that I’m the queen of useless trivial knowledge and I will not hesitate to use it.

24 thoughts on “Time to stop sponging…

      1. Not anymore! And when he did I needed a nap with him! :p Haha. He unraveled a whole ball of yarn and it took my husband an hour to roll back up while I entertained him elsewhere. 😦 Toddlers are silly sometimes.

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  1. Interesting thought. Mel does most of the dishes….(hee) and I give him a change of sponge ever so often – well every week because they seem to wear off quicker these days. As for towels, I separate one for drying hands and another for prepare food. Like Miriam I have to constantly “discipline” Mel not to use both to wipe his hands!

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  2. I have been tempted to try these knitted dish cloths I have seen. Your pattern looks good – I don’t like knitting that is too complicated as I always mess it up!

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  3. I think I got this pattern from you earlier and I have one started! It is turning out wonderful. I do try to keep one towel for dishes and one for hands… problem is my husband keeps swiping my dish one for his hands.

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    1. I solved the husband problem. He now has his very own towel in the kitchen with his name embroidered on it. He was so touched that I actually created this silly towel just for him that he no longer touches the others except to dry dishes.

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