It may come as a surprise to most, especially the clean freaks among us but the kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest places in the home – reportedly 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Studies have found there are around 10 million bacteria per square inch of a kitchen sponge and a million per square inch on a dish cloth.
Use these tips to decrease spreading bacteria in the kitchen, use a sponge caddie/holder to allow sponges the time they need to dry out. To keep your kitchen sponges clean and bacteria free, simply run them through the dishwasher each time you run it. Or put your sponge in the microwave for 1 minute at least twice a week (be careful your sponge will be very hot). Keep your kitchen sponge in the kitchen, do not use kitchen sponges to clean bathrooms, floors or other spills around the house. Bottom line is keep your kitchen sponges clean and switch them out regularly, at least once a month.