Germophobes watch out, consider this a trigger warning.
New research recently published suggests that your kitchen is even more coated in germs than you could possibly imagine!
You know that sponge that you leave to soak in boiling water? Still dirty.
And that dish sponge that the clever life hack you read online told you to put in the microwave for 30 seconds, which kills 99.99999% of the bacteria on it. Nope, still filthy!
A new study for Scientific Reports found that regularly ‘cleaned’ sponges – cleaned using common and traditional methods like we just mentioned, for example – were actually no cleaner than sponges that had simply never been cleaned.
You might as well just let the little yellow b*****d wallow in it’s own filth!
Okay coming through, I got get home by jet bike and burn my entire kitchen down, thank you!
Oh my goodness it only gets worse!
Researchers gathered fourteen sponges from just your average regular homes in Germany for their testing. Nowhere particularly fancy or dirty.
Then each sponge was subjected to testing.
The owners of the sponges were then asked if they regularly applied special measures to clean their sponge. Some responded that they heated it in the microwave, or rinsed it with hot, soapy water.
Then the researchers laughed at them. Just kidding folks.
They did ask and how frequently residents changed their sponges however, and it turns out most people changed their sponges on a monthly basis. Is that what you do?
To cut a long story short, the team found bacteria that can lead to food poisoning, cholera, and even the plague on the sponges.
The researchers concluded that sponges are the perfect place to for microorganisms to breed, and that a sugar-cube sized piece of sponge could contain 54 billion bacterial cells.
You think that’s bad? Well strap in toots, because regularly cleaning a sponge not only doesn’t get rid of bacteria, but it could even make the sponge situation worse!
If you clean your sponge but keep it in your kitchen, certain bacteria resist the cleaning process and then re-colonize the sponge afterwards. So you could be breeding super bugs on that month-old sponge?
So what do the scientists recommend, if we don’t want to die a germy, germy death?
Replace your sponge more often! They suggest once every week. See now that doesn’t sound too hard, does it? I know some of you clean freaks out there will be replacing your sponges every day or more often after reading this!
So how old is the sponge in your kitchen? Does it surprise you that a week is the longest you should keep one?
Or maybe you don’t give a cr*p about any of this! You haven’t gotten sick so far, right? So what’s the worst that can happen!
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