Paper towels account for up to 3,000 tons of waste a day. Sponges are a more eco-friendly option for clean up, since one sponge is the equivalent of 17 rolls of paper towels. To kill the bacteria and mold that can grow on sponges, put a damp sponge in the microwave on high for two minutes.


Did you know that in America, paper towels account for 3,000 tons of waste every day? But most recycling centers won’t accept used paper towels, so they still continue to wind up in the landfill. If you want to do your part to cut down on the one billion tons of waste each year, then switch to sponges for daily clean up. A single sponge can last up to the equivalent of 17 rolls of paper towels. Unfortunately, along with all those kitchen spills, sponges also pick up a lot of bacteria, but here’s an easy way to completely sterilize a sponge. Rinse your dirty sponge in clean water, make sure it’s still wet and then place it in your microwave on the highest setting for about two minutes. Once it has cooled, you have a sterile sponge for cleaning and, besides saving room in the landfills, you’ll be saving some pocket change, too.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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