The Great Sponge Debate

 

Okay.

So we all know sponges trap bacteria.
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Most of us use them for way longer than we're apparently supposed to.
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We've heard a million ways to "sanitize" them (microwaves, dishwashers, washing machine is, bleach, blah, blah, blah). And then heard that none of those methods actually work.
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But here's the thing.
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I've never once read about a study that checked how much bacteria was on a dish that had been washed with a brand new sponge vs. a dish washed with a 6 month-old sponge.
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My guess is that our dishes have so little bacteria on them by the time they're dry and put away that it really doesn't matter how long you use a sponge. My guess is that rinsing the dishes washes off any bacteria the sponge left on them.
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Just don't stick the sponge in your mouth and you're good.
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I use mine until holes have worn through the sponge in a few spots.
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If bacteria-laden sponges freak you out, you can buy the green scrubby part minus the sponge (I believe it's called a scouring pad). It's thinner, easy to cut down to whatever size you like, and probably doesn't have as much bacteria trapped in it. But if it does, oh well. If our dishes were that nasty we'd have heard about it by now.
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Until next time: pin this, check out my paintings while you're here, pin or buy your favorites (or tell someone where to come find your Christmas present) and have a great day ;)
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Amanda

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