Using THIS Common Product Could Be Making Your Family Sick
Written by: Brandi Monasco
It’s a product that’s used in millions of homes around the country.
You never think about it causing problems or making you sick, because it’s used in throughout your home – even your kitchen.
But what you probably don’t realize is that it’s actually growing and spreading germs and bacteria.
You’re probably thinking about the trash can, but I’m talking about something different….
Your everyday kitchen sponge.
While a sponge is great for cleaning up spills and messes, it could also be spreading germs and bacteria all over the place – your counter, dishes, tabletop, hands, etc. According to WebMD, kitchen sponges are the number 1 source of germs in your house. A sponge is even nastier than your toilet. Yes, your toilet.
Sponges have moist little pores and crevices that make for cozy homes for germs and bacteria to live and grow. If you wipe your countertop with a dirty sponge, you’re transferring germs from one place to another without even realizing it.
TechInsider states that sponges are the “ideal breeding grounds for microbes because we supply them with a nourishing, warm, moist environment.” Even if you rinse your sponge with soap and water or pop it in the microwave, it’s not enough to eradicate germs.
An article from WebMD also states that one single bacteria that is living in your sponge can become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours. That is enough bacteria to make up to 10 million people sick!
The Nasty Germs
There are so many germs and bacteria that can be spread when you use a dirty sponge. Not only are we talking about cold and flu germs, but we’re also talking about salmonella, E. coli, listeria – bacteria that causes food poisoning and can potentially be fatal.
But there are alternatives to using a kitchen sponge!
Here are some of them! When you clean up a spill on your kitchen counter, use a paper towel that can be easily thrown away. Or better yet, use a quick-dry cloth, washcloth or hand towel.
The washcloths and hand towels can easily be thrown in the washer and washed with non-chlorine bleach to kill the germs and bacteria. You can also use the wash cloths for washing dishes if you wash by hand. After washing dishes, simply throw your wash cloth in the washer. Or if you prefer, you can always use old clothes, ratty old towels or scrub pads.
If you’re that attached to using a kitchen sponge, make sure to use a new clean one each time. It sounds like wasting money, but it’s the best way to make sure that you’re not constantly spreading germs and bacteria to every inch of your kitchen.
If you must keep your sponge after using it, disinfect the sponge in a non-chlorine bleach solution. Fill a large container with one part bleach and nine parts water. Swirl the mixture together and immerse the sponge. Soak it for about 10 to 30 seconds after each use. After disinfecting, wring out the sponge and let it air dry. Be sure to do this each time you use the sponge.
And always remember: Where there’s a smell, there are germs!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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