Health Tip: A Dirty Sponge Spreads Germs12/27/12
(HealthDay News) -- You use your sponge to clean your kitchen,
but do you clean your sponge? Without careful cleaning, a sponge
can soak up bacteria and spread it around.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these
- Don't reuse a sponge that has an odor, as it probably harbors
- Never reuse a worn sponge.
- Clean a dirty sponge by running it through the hot cycle of
your washing machine or soaking it with water and microwaving it at
a high temperature for about two minutes. Never microwave a dry
sponge, which could start a fire.
- If your sponge was used to clean up after raw meat, throw it
out or clean it in a diluted bleach solution (1 tablespoon of
bleach added to 1 gallon of water).
- Dish towels can harbor bacteria too. Frequently wash them in
the hot cycle of your washing machine.
Copyright © 2012
. All rights reserved.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.