Jan 08, 2014 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

If you think your bathroom is the dirtiest room in your home, think again. Your kitchen harbors the most germs in the house, according to NSF International, a public health and safety organization. One major culprit: bacteria on sponges. A bacteria cell can multiply and become 8 million cells in under 24 hours.

The Kitchen Culprits

Dishrags, sponges, faucet handles, refrigerator door handles, doorknobs, and cutting boards.

How to Stop These Germy Culprits

Moist environments help bacteria thrive, so fully dry sponges between uses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends microwaving your sponges for 30 seconds for a quick dry, or to run them through the dishwasher. Wash and dry your rags in hot water and on high heat.


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