08/06/2015 01:36 EDT | Updated 08/06/2015 01:59 EDT

This Cleaning Hack Will Save Your Sponges

Curry, spaghetti, caramel and other caked-on messes can be a nightmare to clean. If you aren't scratching the metal with a scouring pad, you're destroying your sponge on the bottom of the burned pots. But it doesn't have be that way.

In the video above by Buzzfeed, we learn the simple trick that will save your sponge and still get your dirty pots and pans gleaming. All you need is some hot water and a piece of paper towel — then before you know it, the dirt is gone and your arm isn't even sore.

Of course, even if you manage to save your sponge, you should probably clean it too. The sponge is often considered one of the dirtiest items in the kitchen, but it takes just one minute to neutralize it in the microwave. And the best part? You can clean it as often as you'd like. Find out how to clean and deodorize your kitchen sponge here.

Watch the video above to learn the trick, then tell us what your favourite cleaning hack is in the comments below.

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