Do you know your kitchen sponge could be 200,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat?
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A recent study has shown Kitchen sponges in people’s homes to be bacterial “hotspot”. No doubt this would come as a surprise to most of us who are ‘obsessed’ with cleaning everything in our kitchen from plates, cups, spoons to teapots. This shows that no matter how clean or unclean your Kitchen is your sponge provides an ideal place for bacteria to bread. This is due to the porous and absorbent nature of the sponge. According to the report published on the Nature Scientific website, a group of German researchers carried out a test on 14 different used kitchen sponges, they researchers found up to 54 billion bacteria per cubic centimetre. The house owners were also asked how regularly do they change the sponges and also whether they were regularly them. Again, the evidence from the report, shows that kitchen sponges harbours more bacteria than the toilet.
Would sterilisation or cleaning in hot water help?
It can easy be established from the Scientists report that the conventional methods of using hot water or steriliser to clean sponges do not work. As a matter of fact, it dawned on them that the cleaning and sterilisation of the tested sponges actually made things worse. Although hot water and sanitization kills some species of bacteria, it left some behind who were able to freely carry out spreading and growing at a much faster rate than before.
What can be done?
It was suggested that rather than cleaning and re-using the sponge; it is better to replace them. To discourage the spread of bacteria in the Kitchen, It would be good to regularly clean and disinfect the kitchen work surfaces and chopping boards with antibacterial sprays and wipes. Hands must also be thoroughly washed before using the sponge. An holistic home hygiene habits would be needed to regularly clean and disinfect of all surfaces that are frequently touched such as door handles, taps, switches and bin lids
There’s no need to freak out as result of the findings of this report. It should be noted that many of these bacteria pose no harm to humans. In fact they co-exist with us living on our bodies and in our houses. We just have to regulate and control them. Should need further information on how to keep your Kitchen or Office spotless, why not visit or speak to some at Office Cleaning London (Citywide) today!