Has it ever occurred to you that your kitchen sponge may be as dirty as your toilet? Experts say that a kitchen sponge can hold just as many germs as a toilet sink if not correctly cared for! This is indeed logical because a kitchen sponge is used to wipe different kinds of food messes about the kitchen. Combined with its constantly wet state, the kitchen sponge is just the perfect breeding spot for bacteria.
The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International once filed a report that over 75 percent of all kitchen sponges had traces of coliform bacteria, a family of bacteria that includes Salmonella and E. coli.
This means that you can get food poisoning just from washing plates using your kitchen sponge!
Now we don't need to go full length into how dangerous these and many other bacteria can be to human health. Our greatest concern is spreading awareness about the threat that is your kitchen sponge.
Experts advise that a kitchen sponge should be replaced as frequently as every week. If you perceive any bad odor, which is a sign of bacterial growth, on your sponge before that, toss it immediately!
This will prevent the growth of dangerous microbes. Make sure the sponge is only used in the kitchen and only to clean plates, countertops, and your cutting board.
Never use this same sponge on raw food like vegetables, eggs, fish, or meat!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) advises using a microwave or dishwasher because it can kill over 99 percent of all harmful bacteria.
To use the microwave:
To use the dishwasher:
On a final note, experts advise that you ditch cellulose sponges, which easily retain food bits when used. Instead, buy a sponge made of synthetic material like a silicone scrub.
Remember, health is wealth!