There are a lot of advice to be found on the internet and television on how to combat the possible issues with everyday cleaning supplies like sponges. Some say to run it through the microwave or the dishwasher. However, according to the latest studies, these common methods seem to be completely ineffective.
According to the research done in Germany, cleaning the kitchen sponges by washing them in the dishwasher or boiling them, does not reduce the bacterial count inside of them. Not only that, but it seems that those sponges which were cleaned regularly were not any cleaner than those which were never cleaned in the first place.
As it is a fairly known fact, kitchen sponges host many different types of bacteria that is potentially dangerous to our health. One bacteria on that list is Moraxella Osloensis which is also responsible for stinking up your laundry pile. This type of bacteria seems to be resistant to these common cleaning methods and some even increase their number as they are very quickly reproducing in such environment.
In case you were wondering if you should get rid of your cleaning sponge once and for, we’re here to tell you not to. But the scientists did make a recommendation on how to effectively deal with the issue: “From a long term perspective, sponge sanitation methods appear not sufficient to effectively reduce the bacterial load in kitchen sponges and might even increase the shares of [disease]-related bacteria. We therefore rather suggest a regular (and easily affordable) replacement of kitchen sponges, for example, on a weekly basis.”
This is a smart solution until they do come up with a way to actually sanitate the songs and other cleaning supplies we use regularly. Luckily, sponges are not an expensive item so it is not too much of a haste changing them on a weekly basis, but you do need to remember to do that. Set an alarm, or write on your calendar, the bacteria is not going to forgive you for skipping a week.