YOU probably use your trusty kitchen sponge for all sorts of things from cleaning dishes to wiping worktops.

But if you chuck yours away after getting a bit of grub on it you’re doing it all wrong.

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According to cleaning and organising expert Caroline Solomon, there are rules when it comes to your kitchen sponge.

Just because you use a sponge to clean things doesn’t mean the sponge is always clean.

In fact, you should be cleaning it every few days the cleaning guru said: “Pop it on the top rack of your dishwasher on a heated dry cycle.”

And whatever you do, never put it in the microwave to clean it.

“This cleans weaker bacteria but the strongest bacteria survive,” she explained.

You don’t need to bin your sponge as often as you might think, about every week or so should be fine, although if it starts to smell you can get rid of it sooner.

One major mistake people always make it not squeezing out excess water when they’re done using their sponge.

You should always leave it as dry as possible in between uses according to Caroline.

If you want to save money, try cutting larger sponges in half so they last longer.

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Viewers loved the clever tips, one said: “Cutting it in half is so smart!”

A second wrote: “Oh snap, I’ve been microwaving them for years! Scary strong bacteria.”

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