REDUCING BACTERIA IN HOUSEHOLD SPONGES
It’s known that during the cleaning process of equipment, utensils, sinks, etc. in kitchens, the pre-washing and washing steps are done with the use of sponges to eliminate food residues. As a consequence of this procedure, part of the food residues adheres to the sponge surfaces. These food residues together with the moisture retained in the sponges offer a favourable environment for bacterial growth.
Dishcloths and sponges are recognized as a potential source for spreading microorganisms and it was observed that bacteria persisted in these vehicles for at least weeks.
Household cleaning products containing antibacterial ingredients or without antibacterial ingredients are widely available and popular. Although manufacturers use claims of health benefits to market these products, evidence linking the use of antibacterial products to health outcomes has been lacking.
Reusable sponges should be dried after use or immersed for five (5) minutes in a solution of boiled water and Probiotics. Keep in mind, that other products such as hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, ammonia, and vinegar are effective in reducing the bacterial load in laboratory-inoculated sponges but not in consumer-used sponges, which contained a higher concentration of bacteria.
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