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How often should you really change your dishwashing sponge: otherwise you can forget about cleanliness

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Cleanliness in the kitchen is one of the most important components of everyday life. It's where we prepare and eat our food, so it should never be unsanitary.

Everyone has a dishwashing sponge, but not everyone thinks that the dirt on it can be dangerous to health. That's why Real Simple talked about how often you need to change them so as not to harm yourself and your loved ones.

Often, people continue to use the same sponge for a long time without thinking that the bacteria that grow on it can remain on the dishes.

How often do I need to change my kitchen sponge?

Kitchen sponges can harbor bacteria and germs, which also multiply very quickly in a humid environment. Therefore, you should change them at least once every 1-2 weeks.

How often should you really change your dishwashing sponge: otherwise you can forget about cleanliness

Factors that influence when you should throw away a kitchen sponge

  • Frequency of use

The more often you use a sponge, the faster it wears out and accumulates bacteria. Therefore, if you mainly use the dishwasher, you may not need to change the sponge as often.

  • Type of dishes

Sponges that are used for normal everyday dishes may last longer than those used for pots and pans.

  • Humidity

Sponges that remain wet for a long time quickly become breeding grounds for bacteria. Therefore, make sure you let them dry completely after use and store them in a dry place to extend their lifespan.

  • Visible signs

If you see mold on the sponge or it starts to disintegrate before your eyes, you should replace it immediately.

  • Type of sponge

Some sponges are more durable or have antimicrobial properties. Therefore, they do not need to be changed every week or two.

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