Study finds kitchen sponges are filthier than toilets


A 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!

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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!

Experts at The Good Housekeeping Institute also tested ways to sanitize sponges, and discovered that mixing 3/4 cup of bleach in one gallon of water and soaking the sponge for five minutes was the most effective way to clean a sponge.

Regardless of which method you use, the study revealed that regularly sanitized sponges contain just as much bacteria as unclean ones.

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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!

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