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Minimizing waste is always important, but not when it comes at the expense of your health. If you’ve been using that grimy, yellow dish sponge (you know the one we’re talking about) for way too long then you might be doing more harm than good when you’re cleaning. Luckily, there’s a simple trick that will make it easier to clean up without tossing sponges every other week.

According to a recent study published in the Scientific Reports journal, experts suggest replacing that kitchen sponge weekly in order to reduce bacteria by about 60 percent. Of course, tossing your sponge every week can seem wasteful, but luckily Apartment Therapy has come up with a hack that will minimize waste and germs at the same time.

All you need is a pair of scissors to give one corner of that week old sponge a snip. Cutting the corner of a sponge helps you distinguish it from other ones, so that once it becomes to grimy to use on kitchen surfaces it can still remain useful for cleaning things, like toilets and diaper pails. You’ll get a little more life out of that sponge, without risking spreading bacteria.

What simple kitchen hacks have you tried to minimize waste? Share your tips in the comments below.