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Are sponges and dish cloths hygienic to use? I often wonder whether the sponges and dish cloths I’m using are hygienic. What can I do to make sure they are safe?

Posted by anon, 01/10/13

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  • Clean well after use and make sure they dry out properly.


  • No, actually, they aren’t tge best. Rinse regularly in clean hot soapy water and zap in microwave daily


  • They have been known to harbour lots of bacteria. I zap mine in the microwave for 2 mins every few days


  • Wash them thoroughly after use, and change them often.


  • You can buy special antibacterial sponges for the kitchen,as they are a breeding ground for germs the regular ones.


  • This is interesting reading the comments on this!


  • It depends how long you have used them for and what you have used them for. I have seen people periodically bleach them, hand wash in detergent, put in the dishwasher or replace them.


  • good question. I know use clothes, like the e- cloths and wash them frequently


  • I change them everyday and may use several a day depending on the use :)


  • I put sponges in the microwave for 2 minutes at high temperature. In particular after having washed cutting boards where I cut raw meat.


  • I use dish cloths; I have an enormous roll of them and change it weekly.


  • i change mine every day like you are meant to


  • Change and wash it regularly :)


  • I throw kitchen sponges out weekly, and disinfect them overnight every night. And I have different sponges for different uses in the kitchen.


  • Different clothes for different jobs, cleaned and disinfected regularly, changed regularly and we dry them out daily


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