reply to post by sgrrsh26
That is a very good question and you have a vaild concern. I have seen sponges like you describe. It has always been in synthetic sponge that I have
found this chemical smell.
Well, it is a chemical. It is an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal known as, Triclosan.
Here is some information on Triclosan for you.
It is a chemical that is regulated by the FDA, EPA and the EU...
Also, you may be surprised to hear that Triclosan is in quite a few products. It can be found in deodorants, toothpastes, shaving creams, mouth wash,
and even cleaning supplies such as sponges... It is also being put into an increasing amount of products such as kitchen utensils, toys, bedding,
socks and trash bags...
Now is it harmful for you? Well, there are people who think it can be... For example a doctor. Stewart Levy, stated in an article that over use of the
chemical can actually have the opposite affect, creating a larger strain of bacteria.
In August 2009, the Canadian Medical association asked the Canadian government to ban Triclosan under concerns that the chemical could create
bacterial resistance...and that it may produce dangerous side products ( Chloroform...)
Now, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, indicated that plain soap is just as effective as consumer grade anti-bacterial soaps with
triclosans, in preventing illness and spread of bacteria...
Now, again I found all the above information here
please check it out for yourself as well.
So in my humble opinion, I would say that if you can help it, buy only sponges that do not contain this chemical. Every once in a while just clean
your sponge out.
As has been suggested, get it moist and put it in the microwave for a bit, as that kills any bacteria that is on the sponge.... Also, after each use
you may want to soap it up ( Using plain soap) and wash it out in the sink, to keep the sponge as clean as possible...
I hope this helps answer your question.
[edit on 22-1-2010 by gimme_some_truth]