NEW YORK, NY -- Do you know what's hiding in your kitchen sponge? Lab tests have found that kitchen sponges have about ten-million bacteria per square inch and can be two-hundred-thousand times dirtier than a toilet seat.
There are ways to kill bacteria. The best technique is to wash the sponge with antibacterial soap and hot water, wet it and put it in the microwave for one minute. Then run it thru the dishwasher or soak it in lemon juice or chlorine bleach. Finally - rinse it well.
Experts also recommmend replacing your sponge between two and four times a month, or when it starts feeling sticky or gummy.
They added that the same advice should be followed for cleaning and replacing kitchen towels.