Bacteria are usually present in the kitchen were we eat and prepare food and in most cases the kitchen sponge houses majority of the bacteria.
As part of their research,Furtwangen University Professor Dr. Markus Egert and his colleagues sequenced the microbial DNA of 14 used kitchen sponges and found high concentrations of such bacteria as Moraxella osloensis, a pathogen that can cause infections in those with weak immune systems and is known for producing a pungent odor, according to Science.
No one wants to live the kitchen dirty and untidy that’s why we tend to use our kitchen sponge regularly and more often. Bacteria happen to be the major challenge; this is because even when the sponge has been rinsed the bacteria are not washed away. Discoveries have shown that the kitchen has a potential to function as microbial incubators because of food handling and direct contact with domestic surface. The kitchen sponge only acts as a reservoir for micro-organism.
The following are the ways to keep our sponge free from bacteria and pathogens.
Keep the sponge clean regularly: to reduce the activities of micro- organism and lower the risk of cross contamination you should sanitize the sponge. Research has it that 99% of bacteria, yeast, and molds are killed by micro-organism heating damp sponges for one minute in a microwave or dish washing with a drying cycle.
Keep sponge in a dry location: We should not only rinse our sponge after each use or wash off loose food or debris but should also store in a clean and dry location. Letting our sponge stay wet is harmful because it allows bacteria to multiply rapidly there increasing the growth of bacteria.
keep sponge away from raw meat: The juice of raw meat contains some bacteria and therefore should not come in contact with our kitchen sponge.
Replacing sponge frequently: Kitchen sponge should be replaced regularly in other to keep bacteria and pathogens away from the kitchen.
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