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Study finds kitchen sponges are filthier than toilets

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Sally McDonald, Clark.com

recent study discovered that our homes’ kitchens have more germs than toilets, and there’s one main culprit: sponges.

Kitchen sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria

That’s right: Kitchen sponges are the biggest source of active bacteria in the entire house.

Not only is there a plethora of bacteria in a kitchen sponge, but it’s incredibly easy to spread germs because most sponges are used to clean multiple surfaces. This leads to potentially harmful bacteria getting into your food. Gross!

Read more: 43 home cleaning hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner

Cleaning sponges isn’t 100% effective

You can try to minimize the damage by throwing a used sponge into the microwave or dishwasher. However, these techniques only reduce bacteria by 60%, at best! Plus, the study revealed that regularly sanitized sponges contain just as much bacteria as unclean ones.

Read more: 9 things you forget to clean in your kitchen

How often should you replace a sponge?

Experts now recommend replacing sponges frequently, about once a week.

Check out your local dollar store to find cheap sponges, so you can keep your home clean without busting your budget.

Tip: Cut your sponge in half to double the savings. Half a sponge cleans just as well as an entire sponge!

Read more: How to squeeze every single last drop from household products

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