Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Microwave your kitchen scrubbers and sponges

Scientists say that microwaving your sponges and kitchen scrub brushes is the only way to kill the disease-causing viruses and bacteria living in them. From Live Science:
“People often put their sponges and scrubbers in the dishwasher, but if they really want to decontaminate them and not just clean them, they should use the microwave," said Gabriel Bitton, a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Florida.

The study was announced today and was detailed in the December issue of the Journal of Environmental Health.

Other studies have shown that sponges and dishcloths are common carriers of pathogens from uncooked eggs, meat and other food. Damp objects help them thrive.

The researchers suggest wetting the objects—water being heated by the microwave seems to play a role in the sterilization—before zapping them every other day or so.

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