food handling and clean hands are important ways to avoid the
spread of germs and bacteria this holiday season, and so is
replacing your kitchen sponge.
sure that the sponge you are using is itself not dirty and
that the sponge is not cross-contaminating," says Mayo
Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh.
Cross-contamination can lead to food poisoning and occurs when
bacteria spread from a food to a surface, from a surface to
another food or from one food to another.
dirty are kitchen sponges? A report published in National
Center for Biotechnology Information found that in a study of
10 kitchens in the U.S., 33 percent and 67 percent of sponges
tested positive for E. coli and fecal coliforms, respectively.
tend to have much longer shelf life on kitchen sinks than they
really ought to, and every once in awhile, throw your sponge
into the dishwasher to get it super hot. If it smells funky,
itís time to get rid of it," says Tosh.
also best to use a clean dish towel each morning.
comes to avoiding cross-contamination in the kitchen, Tosh
says, "In general, the detergent effect of soap and water
is sufficient for most of the things that weíre doing and so
itís just making sure you are using enough soap and