SpongeBath’s system soaks your regular kitchen sponge between uses, so it is imbued with sanitizer instead of air-drying, crusted with contaminants. The company claims that its patented sanitary method will kill 99.9 percent of germs, eliminate odors, and clean unsightly and infectious mold and mildew. SpongeBath also believes that regular use of the product will decrease the spread of dangerous foodborne illnesses like E.coli and salmonella.
The suction system in the SpongeBath cleaning cartridge draws the sanitizing solution into every crevice of the sponge. Cleaning cartridges are replaceable, and the sanitizing solution is SpongeBath’s own proprietary formula. It is designed to slowly release its cleaning power automatically over the course of a month-long cartridge use. According to SpongeBath, putting a sponge through the dishwasher cycle won’t even get it totally clean.
SpongeBath’s first version launched in retail stores in the US and Canada in 2014. The “Next Generation” SpongeBath launch is raising money on Kickstarter to bring the full cleaning solution to their already successful product. A pledge of $29 will earn you a Spongebath of your own, complete with a cleaning cartridge and sponge. The SpongeBath container comes in a white or stainless finish, with more designs slated for the campaign’s stretch goals. If the SpongeBath team meets their fundraising goal of $75,000, you could have your own germ-free sponge setup in October of next year.