bacteriagonebadYour kitchen sponge can contain 10,000 bacteria per inch, which might include pathogens such at E. coli and salmonella.  We use these sponges to clean the surfaces that we eat off of and it is important to keep them as clean as possible. In this post I will be looking at the different options for disinfecting and their effectiveness.

1. Soak in lemon juice – Didn’t have an effect on bacteria, mold and yeast.

2. Soak in a bleach solution –  More effective thank lemon juice on  bacteria, but little to no effect on yeast and mold

3. Run your sponge through the dishwasher – This is almost as as effective as the most effective technique which is ……..

4. Nuke your sponge – This was the most effective way to kill the bugs that reside on your sponge according to a study in the Journal of Environmental Health.

So through your sponge in with your load of dishes, which is easier to remember than sticking it in the microwave.