Smelly Sponges - need help!
We seem to have a problem with our kitchen sponges getting really stinky, and only after a few days of using them!! I swear all we do is open them up, and then barely use a few times - and they start smelling. I wipe the counters with them a few times a day, and wash an occassional stainless steel pan - everything else goes in the dishwasher. The smell is hard to describe, but it's not a moldy smell. More like a "stale" smell. Then the stench is on my hands after I handle the sponge for a few seconds. The brands are varied - O-Cel-O and also the Scotchbrite ones - they all smell the same way.
I've tried washing them in the dishwasher with the dishes but that helps only temporarily - then the smell comes back.
Any suggestions? I've thrown away about 5 sponges in the last month and it's really annoying! Not to mention costly....