Even a clean-looking surface can harbor bacteria and germs. This collection of tips will help you keep your kitchen surfaces clean and safe for your whole family.
Cleaning With Sponges vs. Paper Towels
You know that sponges are breeding grounds for bacteria, but you feel guilty when you use paper towels excessively because of the expense and environmental impact. Follow these simple tips to resolve this conflict and eliminate the guilt:
- Zap a damp sponge in the microwave for a minute or two to allow it to dry. A dry sponge will not allow bacteria to thrive.
- Throw sponges in the dishwasher to rinse them periodically
- Look for sponges labeled "Resists bacterial odors," as these are manufactured with antimicrobial technology.
- If the sponge is brittle or smelly, throw it away.
- Use recycled paper towels to minimize the environmental impact of your disposables.