It is no secret to anyone that dishwashing sponges are one of the most used utensils in almost all kitchens in the world, since their use to wash dishes is very practical and therefore everyone loves to use it.
But it is the case that this wonderful utensil to sanitize our dishes can become something totally contrary to what we are looking for if we do not know how to handle it properly. As we already know the function of the sponge is to remove the remains of foods that lie on the plates after having served the food and being ingested.
During this process the vast majority of the remains are absorbed by the sponge and combined with moisture create the perfect environment for bacterial growth, especially since the sponge is always a little wet when it is going to give the next use.
Bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella and E.coli, are able to survive for hours and even a day after the first contact. It is for this reason that the importance of frequently disinfecting the sponge using common soap this would be (Soap soap) has been warning for some time now.
THE MOST DIRTY ARTICLE OF THE HOME (THE SPONGE)
The dirtiest item in the house is a dishwashing sponge, even more than a toilet lid or a garbage can; This is what Dr. Philip Tierno, a clinical professor of Microbiology and Pathology at the University of New York, thinks for himself.
Dr. tells us that the sponges are made with small openings for easy absorption that in turn facilitate the removal of waste, but also keep all those dirty things, including microorganisms that filter while we clean dishes or other things with the sponge
These remains of food can remain for some time inside the sponge, when it is not disinfected that every twenty minutes wet, it is generated or developing a new bacterium.
Therefore it sounds ironic to have to wash a utensil made to sanitize dishes. So since we invite you to sanitize your sponge washes dishes after having used.
HOW TO DISINFECT AND CLEAN THE SPONGE BACTERIA?
Through an investigation organized by the US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in 2007, several tests were conducted in which it was determined which was the most effective way to eliminate the pathogens that accumulate in the sponges.
The first thing that was done was to soak some sponges at room temperature with a minced meat solution in order to increase the amounts of microbes in it and then make them analysis.
- It was submerged for three minutes in a 10% solution of bleach.
- Subsequently in lemon juice for one minute.
- Then it was introduced in the microwave one minute.
- Finally, it was washed in a dishwasher with a drying cycle.
- The results determined that with bleach and lemon juice manage to reduce from 37% to 87% of bacteria.
Heating it in the microwave ends up with 99.9% of the microorganisms, a result similar to that of the dishwasher.
Therefore, the study concluded that the most effective way to remove bacteria and mold from this utensil is by heating it in a microwave or in the dishwasher with a drying cycle.
So that we can disinfect it in the microwave, it must be rinsed with clean water and put to heat for two minutes at maximum temperature. In addition you can also perform the following tips to sanitize your sponge.
- Clean the sponge after each wash.
- Adopt a rotation system with 2 sponges in order to always use a clean one, while washing the other.
- Check the utensil and try to remove all the remains of food left after washing the dishes.
- After using the sponge, dry it to avoid moisture and the growth of bacteria.
- If the dishes or utensils are smeared with some type of animal fat, it is best to clean them first with disposable kitchen paper instead of removing these residues with the sponge.