I know this might sound gross, but seriously your kitchen sponge has more germs than your toilet.
Kitchen sponge is an everyday household items where you use it to clean plates, bowls, cups, baby milk bottles, pots, spoons, and many more kitchen appliances.
But do you know? All kinds of bacteria which include Acinetobacter, moraxella, chryseobacterium, and fungi can easily breed on your kitchen sponge, stated in a post by Public Health Malaysia.
You may think, your dish washer can kill the germs. However, study has shown germs still exist even though it is soaked in dish washer and it can be more dirty than your toilet.
Sponge is a breeding ground for germs. You and your family are at risk to get diarrhoea if you are unlucky.
Do you know, the kitchen sponge at your home needs to be changed every three weeks?
Let’s follow the tips to clean the sponge below:
✅ BOIL for 5 minutes or,
✅ Microwave. Soak in water + Bleach for 2 minutes or,
✅ Buy a new sponge. Replaced it every 3 weeks. If still unsure, opt to replace the sponge every one to two weeks. Or when it smells bad, whichever comes earlier.
According to Daily Mail, as an alternative, you also can use a plastic dish brush to clean dishes and cutlery. The bristles don’t hold moisture and food, in the same way, meaning they are less likely to develop bacteria and bad odours.