When you use the same kitchen sponge for so long they will begin to be a living space for tons of bacteria. Partly because bacteria and microscopic bugs like the kitchen more than the bathroom. In an germanalysis some startling results were dug up. There was 362 different bacteria in the creases of the sponge. That’s roughly the same amount found in human feces. So just imagine 5.5 trillion microscopic bugs crawling around on the dishes you cleaned using a contaminated sponge. Just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
What should you use instead?
Using a dishwasher is one ideal way to wash your dishes because it can sanitize them better due to the hot water and heat made by the dishwasher. If you don’t use a dishwasher then you probably will still use the sponge. Even though it is bacteria infested, the bacteria isn’t generally one that will make you sick. A better alternative to the sponge would be plastic or silicone brushes. Brushes stay dry when not being used, making it harder for bacteria to grow. If you are going to continue to use the sponge get used to washing it and throwing them out. Soap and water aren’t gonna cut it when it comes to cleaning a sponge. That only causes more because they are resistant to the soap detergents. They could potentially cause harm to human health. To clean your sponge and make it safer, you sanitize every few days. Starting with soaking it in bleach, running it through the microwave, or running it through the dishwasher. Studies found that a bleach and water solution worked best killing 99.9 percent of E.Coli, salmonella, and other harmful bacteria. The solution is three tablespoons of bleach to a quart of water, they soak five minutes and presto. If you microwave it, make sure to wet it first so it doesn’t catch on fire.
What to do with your old nasty sponge?
If you find it wasteful to throw them away, you don’t have to. As long as they aren’t used for cleaning dishes or surfaces you’re food might come in contact with. You could use them to scrub floors or to clean your tools. When trying to watch your health and safety this should definitely be something I’d change for the better. No better way to live happy and healthy knowing your dishes are gross free.