A Source of Infections – Read What is Hidden in Your Dish Sponges

Follow these tips to avoid all risks caused by sponges for washing dishes…

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About 90 percent of sponges for washing dishes in households contain a high concentration of bacteria, and 10 percent of them are not advisable for use, due to health reasons or diseases that they could expand. It is a fact that the sponge for washing dishes is the home of numerous bacteria.

More than 85 percent of people do not rinse the sponge on a high enough temperature to kill the bacteria that accumulate in it, according to British experts from the Global Hygiene Council. Based on their research, sponges for washing dishes contain six times more bacteria than the door handles of the bathrooms, which are a major source of illnesses and diseases.

Sponges are a heaven for bacteria because they are constantly wet, and it is an excellent environment for them, experts say.

About seven percent of sponges contain more than a billion bacteria, 60 percent contain the dangerous E. coli, and 25 percent have a high concentration of the bacteria Pseudomonas, which is associated with infections of the eyes and skin.

In order to avoid these risks which sponges for dishwashing can cause, follow these tips:

  • After each time you wash the dishes, rinse the sponge with some hot water, and wash it with antibacterial detergent every two days.
  •  Change the sponge every two weeks.
  •  You can keep it longer if you wash it at a temperature higher than 60 degrees in the  dishwashing machine.
  • When you clean the working surfaces, instead of a sponge, use antibacterial wipes.