How Do You Keep Your Dishcloth And Sponge Clean?

To wrap up our series on dishcloth and sponges, we will go through the proper method of handling these two things. Read on to see how to keep your customers and/or family safe from any harmful bacteria.

Dishcloth

Many of us use our dishcloths to wipe up spills on out kitchen counters and dining tables. We also use them to clean up when they are done cooking, wipe kids hands and faces and other general clean up duties in the kitchen. Obviously, this means that the cloth will pick up many harmful pathogens and spread germs.

In order to kill the bacteria, you need to put it through the washing machine on HOT cycle and make sure to dry the towel completely.

Sponge

You should know by now that sponges are the perfect place for pathogens to multiply. They supply the perfect environment:  warm, moist and lots of ‘food’.

The best way to reduce this risk is to sanitise your sponge. Another way is to microwave your sponge for one minute or putting it into a dishwasher for a drying cycle. However, the best result were found by soaking the sponges in a solution of one-quarter to one-half teaspoon of concentrated bleach per litre of warm water. Soak the sponge for one minute. Once done soaking, wring out and let it air dry.

But the safest way to use both of these items is to regularly use a new tool. This is the best way to make sure there are no bacteria living in the item.

Do you need to put a regular routine in place to reduce cross-contamination in your cleaning process?

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Category: Food and Safety

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Article by: Natalie Wan