Potent Bacteria Lurks in the Innocuous Kitchen Sponge
A recent insight may shock you as scientists found around 10million bacteria per square inch of a kitchen sponge and a million per square inch on a dish cloth.
This means one can chop vegetables on a toilet seat, which is far cleaner than our regular kitchen chopping board. Shocking as it maybe, the kitchen sponge was found to be 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.
What is most scary is that the bacteria found on cleaning cloths and utensils are so virulent that they can cause paralysis.
The Hygiene Council has cautioned people that all dish cloths, sponges and towels should be washed above 60C to kill germs or they should be disinfected regularly. A good solution is to use disposable antibacterial wipes which actually control the spread of bacteria.
It is equally important to clean and disinfect the kitchen work surfaces and chopping boards with antibacterial sprays and wipes. Further, do not touch food items in the kitchen with dirty hands.
It is important to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water during food preparation to keep food borne illnesses at bay.