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How are germs spread when you use a kitchen sponge?

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Experts say that when you use a sponge throughout your kitchen -- wiping dishes, counters, or the sink -- you're just moving germs from one spot to another. While zapping the sponge in the microwave will get rid of some germs, it won't get rid of all of them. There are dead spots where the microwaves or heat doesn't reach, like cold spots in food, and germs survive there.

From: Fighting Kitchen Germs: Dos and Don'ts WebMD Medical Reference

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Donna Duberg, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science, Saint Louis University.

Tierno, P. , Atria, 2001. The Secret Life of Germs

Philip M. Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and immunology, New York University Langone Medical Center.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: "Cutting Boards and Food Safety."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

SOURCES:

Donna Duberg, assistant professor of clinical laboratory science, Saint Louis University.

Tierno, P. , Atria, 2001. The Secret Life of Germs

Philip M. Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and immunology, New York University Langone Medical Center.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: "Cutting Boards and Food Safety."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

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