Germs & Kitchen Sponges
When testing 500 wet dishcloths and towels from five cities, researchers at the University of Arizona found 2/3 contained bacteria that can make people sick! Remember, wash your dishcloths frequently and replace kitchen sponges often.
Many people do not realize that they can wash sponges in the dishwasher—simply place them on the top rack, away from the heater coil. Or place them in the microwave for two minutes to eliminate harmful bacteria. When cleaning up juices from poultry and other meats, use paper towels so you are less likely to contaminate other foods.