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Safety Nugget Week of September 11- Is Your Kitchen Sponge Making You Sick?< Back to Blog

Sep 14, 2017
By: J. Randall
Categories: Safety

On my drive to Stillwater this morning, NPR reported on how much bacteria can be found in your kitchen sponge. According to a study published in Scientific Reports the density of bacteria reached up to 45 BILLION per square centimeter. Yuck!


Here are some recommendations to help keep your kitchen cleaner.
1. Keep the sponge away from raw meat. Use disposal products to clean up meat juice.
2. Don't keep sponges around for too long. Change every one to two weeks.
3. Clean the sponge every few days. The USDA recommends putting it in the dishwasher with a heated dry cycle, or wetting the sponge and popping it in the microwave for a minute.

 

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