4 Ways To Keep Your Kitchen Sponge Clean

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No one likes the idea of cleaning dishes with a germy sponge.

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Using the kitchen sponge to clean the table, the dirty counter and possibly the stains on the floor can add bacteria to the surface you are trying to clean. Even sponges that appear clean can contain thousands of bacteria per square inch. To avoid harboring germs, yeast, and spores in your sponges, clean them at least every three to four days using one of the following methods.

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If you use a kitchen sponge to clean your kitchen counters or to hand-wash dishes, you probably know that sponges get very nasty very quickly. They also quickly become little germ factories so that you end up doing nothing more than spreading bacteria over your kitchen or dishes, etc. Now, the truth is that once kitchen surfaces or other surfaces are dry most all of the bacteria, if not all of it, dies. You may have been told that viruses, on the other hand, can survive virtually forever on surfaces or in the air but the truth is that viruses need a host organism to reproduce and have a limited lifespan on kitchen surfaces. And, humidity plays a role in the lifespan of both bacteria and viruses. However, how long they can survive depends on the particular bacteria or virus. HIV, despite the widespread fear of toilet seats and other surfaces, dies very quickly outside the body and sunlight will do an instant number on it. Flu virus can hang around for days or weeks. E coli is pretty resilient, as well. But on a dry kitchen counter-top which has been wiped "clean" there is really not much to fear. Your body or clothes, full of skin cells and fluids, are a different matter. But the kitchen sponge? May as well have a germ factory in your house. Full of moisture and edible goodies. As well, even if it doesn't stink, it is probably still germy.

One of the most important tools in our kitchen is the handy sponge that sits near your sink. Sponges are the best tool when it comes to cleaning up spills, wiping down counters and even cleaning your dishes! But what about the sponge itself? It needs to be sanitized and cleaned on a regular basis to keep bacteria from growing and to keep smells away. So how do you sanitize a sponge you might ask? Well check out the suggestions below on how to keep your kitchen sponge clean: