How often should you change the dish sponge?

Your life won’t be the same after this material. We’re talking about the dirtiest thing in your house.

The toilet seat isn’t the dirtiest place in the house. Bacteria are even more likely to breed on dish sponges – they’re usually wet and they have food leftovers on them. Not all of these microorganisms are harmful, but Salmonella or E. coli, for example, are not so harmless. From sponges, they can get onto your hands, onto clean dishes, and then into your food. Along with sponges, the sink and faucets are the leaders in fecal bacteria. Kitchen towels aren’t very clean either. Researchers at the University of Arizona found fecal bacteria on 89 percent of the kitchen towels they tested.

Some recommend not changing the sponge, but disinfecting it, such as putting it in water and putting it in the microwave (the water will boil, killing the germs). But at the same time there is an opinion that only 60% of germs can be killed this way.

Medical journalist Daria Sarkisian, in her book “Killer Wallpaper, Poison Water, and Stool Seducer,” advises using the sponge as follows

rinse it well;

change it every week or sooner if it starts to smell bad.

Conclusion. Change the sponge every week, in which case the health risks are minimal. If the sponge smells bad, that’s a sign that it needs to be changed right away. Also, don’t forget to disinfect your sink and faucet regularly and wash the dishes you used to cook meat, poultry, or seafood with hot water and detergent.