What if you found out there are places dirtier than your toilet bowl or nastier than used handkerchiefs? You would probably be quite disgusted. The truth is, things in your home that have the most bacteria may come as a real shock. While more bacteria and germs may be located throughout your home in areas that you least expect, you should be aware that germs are everywhere. You can, however, work to prevent them and reduce their impact on your life and wellness.
1) The Kitchen Sponge
One of the nastiest things in your home is right there where you prepare your meals. Research conducted by the University of Arizona describes kitchen sponges as a carrier of pathogens, spores, and fecal bacteria. You are probably wondering where the pathogens are coming from. Well you can thank the food particles that are left on plates in a damp environment. What should you do? You should regularly replace your kitchen sponges. When you wipe food from plates and build up residue on the sponge, throw it out! Some experts recommend doing something called a “smell test”. If the sponge starts to have an unpleasant odor, it is time to replace it. Kitchen sponges are inexpensive, so always keep a few extra on hand so you don’t have to reuse a filthy one.