The Kitchen Tool That Has More Germs Than Your Toilet Bowl

If you think your toilet is what requires the most scrubbing and disinfecting in your home| you might be surprised (and grossed out) to learn that there’s something germier lurking in your your kitchen: the everyday dish sponge.

After use| a kitchen sponge stays wet and moist| which is the ideal environment for bacteria to multiple like crazy. A University of Arizona study surveyed 1|000 kitchen sponges and dish cloths and found that nearly 10 percent had salmonella; in addition| the most E.coli and fecal-based bacteria was not found in the bathroom but instead in the kitchen on a sponge or dish cloth. Gross.

To keep your kitchen as safe and clean as possible| make a point to regularly disinfect your counters and sink| and don’t be frugal when it comes time to toss that sponge away ¡ª?a damp and stinky sponge is a sign of bacteria running amuck| so don’t wait until that happens to toss yours out! If you wash dishes daily| replace your sponge every two weeks to a month. To sanitize your sponge in between replacements| zap it in the microwave for one minute| or toss it in with your dish clothes in the washing machine on a hot cycle. When you take matters into your own clean hands| (99 percent of) those gnarly germs don’t stand a chance.

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