Kitchen sponges have always made me cringe. When the sponge looks brand new, it’s fine. But, when it’s been around a while (and it’s quite obvious when a kitchen sponge has become part of the family) I don’t want to get near it!
I was never taught anything about sponges or germs that would make me have an aversion to them; it just sort of came instinctively.
I always wondered if my feelings about kitchen sponges were valid until I recently read an article on WebMD that says kitchen sponges are the No. 1 source of germs in the whole house. The entire house. I’d say that is a valid concern.
According to the article, “One single bacteria cell can become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours! The number of bacteria it takes to make people sick can range from as few as 10 up to millions. And infections spread when germs are transferred from a contaminated item (say, your cutting board) to your hands to your body.”
Thankfully, there are ways to eliminate germs on a kitchen sponge.
- Wet the sponge and microwave it for two minutes. Microwaving sponges killed 99.99999 percent of bacteria present on them.
- Put the sponge in the dishwasher operating with a drying cycle. This kills 99.9998 percent of bacteria.
- Replace the kitchen sponge often.
Do you have other ways for disinfecting your kitchen sponge? Do you use something other than a sponge to wash dishes?
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