Sanitize Your Sponges
Do you know what’s lurking inside your kitchen sponge? A smelly, wet sponge is a sure sign of one thing: bacteria. Sponges are germ vectors. The five major causes of food-borne illness such as salmonella, E.coli, campylobacter, clostridium perfringens and staphylococcus are commonly found on kitchen sponges. YUCK!
Reusing a sponge that’s contaminated is dirty business because you can easily spread bacteria to other kitchen surfaces and utensils and increase your chances of foodborne illness. Keep your kitchen clean and your family safe. Swap out kitchen sponges regularly and follow these rules:
- Replace worn sponges rather than reusing.
- To clean a sponge, wash it in the hot cycle of your dishwashing machine or wet the sponge well and microwave it on high for about 2 minutes. If you choose this method, be sure to wet it first, as microwaving a dry sponge could start a fire.
- Pay close attention to what the sponge was used to wipe up. If it was a drip from raw meat, it’s necessary to clean the sponge and sanitize it in a diluted bleach solution (1 tablespoon of bleach added to 1 gallon of water) before using a second time.
- Since bacteria also can live in dishcloths and kitchen towels, wash these items often on the hot cycle of your washing machine.
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When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.