When using the sponge for dishes, it is necessary to avoid starting a process of contamination in the kitchen, a place intended for the preparation and consumption of food. In general, most people who devote themselves to cleaning the sponge for dishes, think that they have completed this task after washing it with water and detergent. However, both water and soap cannot kill the bacteria, which in this case are only temporarily washed away.

Sponge for dishes: beware of bad odor

According to some scientific studies in which laboratory analyses were carried out, it was found that in different parts of the sponges used for cleaning in the kitchen are present both inside and, on the surface, the same microbes that are present in the feces. Especially the foul smell coming from the sponges is an alarm bell for the possible presence of harmful microorganisms (in the worst cases we are talking about Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Salmonella). These are pathogens that can cause infections, especially in weakened or immunosuppressed people .

However, this bacterial load can be neutralized by proper hygiene as well as by a good immune response of the organism. Even if it is paradoxical, it is precisely the tools intended for hygiene and cleaning of work surfaces, as well as dishes, that can cause health problems. Sponges can become an ideal breeding ground for germs and bacteria due to the moisture and food residues present on them.

Sponge for dishes: how to clean and disinfect them

there are many of them at least every week, as washing is not enough, for others it would be enough to do it monthly, but it is necessary to wash them regularly, but in the right way. The sponge must be properly disinfected, but it must be replaced when it is worn out or damaged. Most people do not know how to properly clean their kitchen sponge, it actually needs to be cleaned with soap and water and a disinfectant.

The first step is to remove all food debris. After it has been carefully rinsed, it is soaked in a solution of: Salt, hot water and bicarbonate and left to soak for at least 20 minutes.

If you want to remove odors from kitchen sponges, it is more effective to soak them after washing in a mixture of cold water (hot water tends to fix odors and stains), salt and vinegar wine.

If there are traces of mold, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil (about ten) or hydrogen peroxide and hot water. Once rinsed, squeezed, they are left to air dry.

Bleach could also be used, but apart from the strong smell, this product is toxic and also harmful to the environment, so not “ecological” at all.

By washing them in the dishwasher, you can disinfect them, for this they must be placed in the dishes department.

In order not to risk cross-contamination, it is advisable to have separate sponges depending on the purpose of use, which differ, for example, by color.

A good way to keep them in good condition and not leave them on the sink, but let them air dry, even better if they are in the sun.