If you have a potent stench coming from your sink, it could be your poor, abused sponge. You can keep two of them around and rotate use so your sponges won't develop a mildew smell ever again.
The Reactions channel on YouTube took a look at the chemistry behind a smelly sponge. Reactions explains that constant moisture is what's letting the sponge stink up the place. It's important you thoroughly rinse a sponge after each use and let it dry before each use, otherwise bacteria take residence and release odorous chemicals.
Two sponges — one for the first half of the day, the other for the second half — will ensure that your sponges will have ample time to dry out. If one of your sponges is smelly already, you can revive it with some bicarb soda.
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