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Washing a sponge in the dishwasher also isn't enough to kill germs unless you have an extremely high-heat germicide cycle. You can soak them between cleanings in a solution of no more than 1 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water, or vinegar and water. Soak them in the bleach solution for about 5 minutes or in the vinegar solution for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and let air dry.

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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