Your Kitchen Sponge Is As Revolting As It Smells

The kitchen sponge is the single dirtiest item in your house. Yes, it’s nastier than the toilet seat, the garbage can and the diaper genie.

“It has a lot of nooks and crannies, so as you clean up a mess with potential pathogens in it, some of the organisms become lodged in between the sponge,” Dr. Philip Tierno, a clinical professor at the Microbiology and Pathology departments at NYU Langone, and author of, The Secret Life of Germs told HuffPost. “People rinse their sponges, but they really need to sanitize them. And that’s something people don’t do.”

When you wipe food remnants from your dirty dishes, cutting board and countertop, any pathogens from your spills can fill the holes of the damp sponge, which sits sink-side. While the sponge hangs out wet and stagnant until next use, new bacteria grows at the surprising rate of once every 20 minutes, according to Tierno.

The cutting board is particularly notorious: After you’ve cut up a piece of raw meat, it’s common to wipe off whatever blood and other liquid has collected there — often ground zero for one of the most common food-poisoning bacteria: salmonella. —> Read More Here


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