Housewives have to wash the dishes every day, and every time they use a regular cheap sponge. They do not even suspect that this inventory can become a source of an infectious disease that can affect all family members.
The generation that faced the Soviet era remembers very well how they had to wash the dishes. It was impossible to acquire specialized equipment for this activity. However, Soviet mistresses always found a way out of a difficult situation. They took things that they did not plan to use anymore and tore them into rags. Such an improvised inventory has been in use for a very long time. It performed its function until it was torn into flaps.
Years have passed and times have changed. Now you can buy anything you want, including for the kitchen. For washing dishes, special sponges are purchased, made in various modifications. So you don't have to invent anything on your own. Despite this, a full-fledged revolution among housewives never happened. They use these sponges to the last, until they turn into trash. Usually women classify this inventory according to the type of contamination. If a bloody board was washed with a sponge, then the hostess will never use it to wash the plates. Unfortunately, this cannot be said about men who sometimes seek to help their soul mates in the kitchen. And then health problems may arise. And this is due to the fact that the sponge is made of a porous material that cannot be fully rinsed, not only with ordinary water, but also with a detergent. In the pores, food debris can become clogged, which attracts various microorganisms, including E. coli. When this pathogenic flora enters our body, an infectious disease develops.
Most often, it all starts with abdominal pain and general weakness. The pain can be so intense that you want to lie on the couch and curl up into a ball and curl your legs. Then, with irresistible force, you will be pulled to the toilet, where you can run quite often. Usually, none of the reasons that the hostess sorts out what happened does not make the dishwashing sponge to blame. To prevent anything like this from happening, follow these rules:
- Use a brush to remove food debris from the plates before washing the dishes. it will be easier to rinse afterwards.
- The dishes should be washed with gloves.
- Use the sponge only once. Unfortunately, not everyone will heed this advice.
- If you plan to use the sponge several times, after washing the dishes, it is recommended to rinse it at least twice with running water and detergent.
- Place a clean, damp sponge in the microwave and turn it on for two minutes. This will be enough to kill more than ninety percent of pathogenic bacteria.
- Cool the sponge and reuse it without fear for your health.