Everyone uses a dish sponge, whether to wash the dishes or to clean the kitchen surfaces. But they are also a breeding ground for bacteria. Here are some tips to stop their proliferation.
Dish sponge: potentially dangerous for the health!
A recent study by the British researchers revealed that more than 90% of dishwashing sponges used by households have a high concentration of bacteria. These germs and microbes pose a serious health threat. Indeed, the experts of Global Hygiene Council (Global Health Council) found that over 85% of people do not wash their dish sponge with sufficiently high temperature to remove bacteria contained therein and that way make it a base for their proliferation.
In their research, they even found that sponges usually used for washing dishes contain six times more bacteria than doorknobs in the bathroom, for example, even if those handles are considered as a home of bacteria and germs that can cause several diseases and infections.
Why kitchen sponges are as bad?
Sponges are an ideal environment for the proliferation of bacteria and microbes because they are constantly wet.
Furthermore, the mentioned research also shows that 90% of dishwashing sponges contain more than 1 billion bacteria! A terrifying conclusion! 60% of these sponges contain bacteria called Escherichia coli (E. coli), extremely dangerous and which consists 80% of the intestinal flora. Most strains of these bacteria are harmless but some pathogenic strains can cause health complications in humans (diarrhea, meningitis, gastroenteritis, etc.).
Also, 25% of surveyed dishwashing sponges showed a high concentration of Pseudomonas spp, a bacterium that can be pathogenic, and that may be present in humans in the nasal passages. This bacterium is often linked to eye and skin infections (burns), cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes mellitus. This bacteria love moist environments such as skin, outer ear, respiratory or digestive tract. It is much more present in people whose immune system has been weakened or in people that have been hospitalized.
Here are some tips and tricks to follow and apply whenever you use your dish sponge without any risks to your health.
Practical tips for healthy use of kitchen sponges
Tip # 1
After each washing of the dishes, you should always rinse your sponge with hot water. Every two days, thoroughly wash your sponge with an antibacterial detergent.
Tip # 2
This tip is just an application of common sense: change your kitchen sponge every two weeks to prevent proliferation of bacteria harmful to your health.
Tip # 3
To extend the life of your dish sponge, you can boil it regularly at a temperature of 140° F (60° C). Or you can also put it in your dishwasher.
Tip # 4
Most people are used to clean the surfaces of the kitchen or the table with dish sponge. You should stop with this practice, because the sponge “collects” all the germs that are on the way. And if it is not properly cleaned afterwards, the microbes will propagate. Instead, prefer antibacterial wipes for your daily cleaning.