3 Ways to Disinfect a Kitchen Sponge
You might use it to clean your dishes every day, but how often do you disinfect your kitchen sponge? This can be a breeding ground for bacteria. In fact, your kitchen sponge might have more bacteria than any other surface in your entire home. How many? According to at least one study, the average kitchen sponge has about 10 million bacteria per square inch.
Even more worryingly, many of these bacteria are dangerous pathogens. A separate study has found that 10% of all sponges and dish towels contain salmonella, one of the most common and dangerous causes of food poisoning.
The good news is there are a number of easy, DIY ways that you can disinfect your kitchen sponge. Below, the house cleaning and disinfection experts at Maid Right have listed three of the simplest ways you can eliminate dangerous bacteria in your kitchen sponge.
Microwave Your Sponge
You use high heat cooking to eliminate bacteria in the food you eat. So, it’s no surprise that heat can effectively knock out bacteria in your dish sponge. One way to do this is to microwave your sponge. Simply zap your sponge in the microwave until it is completely dried out. This will kill 99.9% of dangerous bacteria and discourage new bacteria from forming.
Use Your Dishwasher
If your dishwasher has a “heated dry” cycle, you can use the same high heat principle to kill dangerous bacteria in a kitchen sponge by running it through your dishwasher. Simply throw your sponge in with your dishes and allow the drying cycle to do its work.
Disinfect With Bleach
Bleach is the most effective disinfection method you can use. Simply soak your sponge in a one part bleach to ten parts water solution for a full minute to eliminate dangerous bacteria. That said, if you prefer non-toxic or eco-friendly disinfection, you may wish to choose a different way to eliminate bacteria in your sponge.
Clean & Replace Regularly
To limit chances of food poisoning caused by kitchen sponges, it is best to clean your sponge both before and after doing dishes. Replace sponges regularly (every two to six weeks, or as soon as they become worn). Also, never use sponges to clean other surfaces in your kitchen, such as counters or cupboard doors.
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