Kitchen Sponge nastier than Toilet

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Kitchen Sponge Filth

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass



After examination of the dishes after your teen finishes the dishes often makes you think they need glasses or just have a low standard of completion.  However, a new study says that the least of your problems citing the kitchen sponge is nastier than your toilet. 

Researchers at Furtwangen University via DNA analysis says the so-called cleaning tools at the German school found 362 different types of bacteria.  E. coli, salmonella and Staphylococcus have been found after analyzing 14 different kitchen sponges and discovered they were filthy.    And you and your dishwashers are rubbing them all over your forks and plates. 

According to the study, “Despite common misconceptions…” “The kitchen environment hosts more microbes than toilets.”


We all know that microwaving your sponge helps to clean it but it only kills about 60% of the bacteria that is incubating on your moist sponge.   So in addition to your microwave also use, Isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia or vinegar which all have been said to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria. 

Remember, after cleaning your sponge you are leaving, .1% of the bacteria.  That .1% are the most resistant strain of bacteria and will recolonize quickly.  Researchers suggest you deep clean your sponge and kitchen weekly to maintain a safe and healthy kitchen.  

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