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Kitchen Sponge Can Have More Germs Than a Toilet Bowl! Here's the Best Way to Clean It
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  • How often do you replace your kitchen sponges? In a previously published article on SmartParenting.com.ph, a doctor suggested that you need to replace the kitchen sponge after a week or once it smells. The reason? Germs remain in the sponge even after you disinfect it.

    How dirty are your kitchen sponges?

    An article posted on Forbes.com cited a study published in Scientific Reports which found sponges to have more bacteria than the toilet. The research team studied the bacteria found even in regularly cleaned sponges and saw 362 types of bacteria, some of which are disease-causing.

    No one needs to tell us that a moist and warm sponge is the ideal breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria, but it can be dirtier than a toilet bowl? Yikes. According to a segment on the TV talk show The Doctors, Dr. Travis Lane Stork says that according to a German study, the typical kitchen sponge can harbor all sorts of harmful germs and bacteria from "staph (staphylococcus), salmonella, e. coli, and listeria," among many others.

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    The doctor says that the most effective way to disinfect the sponge is "good old fashioned bleach." Here's how: mix one quarter of a cup of bleach with one gallon of water, soak your sponges in the solution for five minutes, rinse thoroughly, and let dry. 

    Watch the segment here:

    If you're worried about the amount of sponges you'll be throwing out every month, don't worry! You can still reuse them around the home. An article on Real Living suggests recycling an old sponge into a utility sponge. To do this, simply cut off a corner of the sponge so you can easily distinguish it from your new one. 


    Place the new sponge near the sink and the utility one in a corner of your countertop that's still accessible. Use your utility sponge for cleaning up spills and even your trash can!

    This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

    *Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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