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Ditch the Kitchen Sponge!

By Sara Butler

There are gross things you may not even be aware of all over your house but there’s one that can hit awfully close to home – your kitchen sponge. You wouldn’t wash your dirty dishes in your bathroom and then eat off them later, would you? Well, if you use a kitchen sponge to wash your dishes, you may be doing something just as bad – and not even realize it! Here’s what you need to know about your kitchen sponge and why it may be time to toss it from your life for good!


You may be operating under the assumption that a kitchen sponge can be easily sanitized and then used safely, but that’s not the case! The sponge in your kitchen comes in contact with all kinds of bacteria and dirt daily, so you might think throwing it in the microwave for a few minutes or boiling it in water can help to keep it sanitary and safe but that’s not the case at all! In fact, doing those things may make the bacteria grow even more! Yikes!

If you really want to use a sponge that is sanitary and safe, then the only way to accomplish that is to use a new sponge every week. Let’s be honest: When is the last time you replaced your kitchen sponge? Yeah, that’s what we thought!

What’s Lurking in your Sponge

So what is living in your sponge that you should be so concerned about? Well, as you’re probably aware, sponges are porous and often damp, which makes them breeding grounds for microorganisms such as E. coli, yeast, and mold. The only dangerous thing that can’t live in your sponge is salmonella – thank goodness for small favors!

Scientists at the Food and Drug Administration have concluded that your kitchen sponge carries roughly 1,000 times more bacteria than your toilet seat. Would you eat off your toilet seat? Well, if you’re using a kitchen sponge to clean your dishes, then you may as well be!

What to Do

As mentioned, if you want to continue to use kitchen sponges, then you need to buy in bulk and replace them every week. That’s really about the only option. You can use dishrags, but those will need to be switched out even more since they can harbor bacteria too.

Don't make your kitchen unsafe with a kitchen sponge! Make sure to replace it often or forego using it altogether!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mansfield, Tex. 

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