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Old 12-01-2007, 07:27 PM   #51
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Hmm, I got paranoid a few years ago and while I use a dishcloth (one of those made from bamboo, I think it is) I never put food on the counter, only on plates, pans, cutting boards, wax paper or parchment. All but the last two go in the dishwasher, and are sterilized there. I feel much better not using the counters as resting places for food, and it pretty much eliminates the chance of cross-contamination. I have a lot of cloths, and they get washed and dried before they get disgusting.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:13 AM   #52
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True indeed!....leaving your sponges in the dishwasher increases the percentage of bacteria. Imagine all the plates you thought were clean..jeez!
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:14 AM   #53
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I think there is an even easier way around this problem.

Get some Lysol Kitchen Spray. It's made to be used on countertops cutting boards and such. When the sponge starts to smell funky, I just spray it with the stuff, and PRESTO, the smell is gone and so are the germs!!

And like the microwave, it also kills 99.9% of germs in just 30 seconds!!
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Old 12-21-2007, 10:47 AM   #54
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True indeed!....leaving your sponges in the dishwasher increases the percentage of bacteria. Imagine all the plates you thought were clean..jeez!
I'm not clear on what you're saying here about "leaving" sponges in the dishwasher. I put them in occasionally on the top rack, and I also microwave them every week or so.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:17 AM   #55
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I think there is an even easier way around this problem.

Get some Lysol Kitchen Spray. It's made to be used on counter tops cutting boards and such. When the sponge starts to smell funky, I just spray it with the stuff, and PRESTO, the smell is gone and so are the germs!!

And like the microwave, it also kills 99.9% of germs in just 30 seconds!!
Hi Corey:

The smell may be gone, but the germs sure aren't unless submerge it in the spray, which is pretty expensive compared to microwaving, and probably won't kill all the germs.

Lysol type sprays are made to kill germs on smooth, non-porous surfaces, not on sponges or wood.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:29 AM   #56
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Hi Corey:

The smell may be gone, but the germs sure aren't unless submerge it in the spray, which is pretty expensive compared to microwaving, and probably won't kill all the germs.

Lysol type sprays are made to kill germs on smooth, non-porous surfaces, not on sponges or wood.


And that's exactly what I do - saturate the living **** out of it until it begins to drip from the sponge. The stuff will work, trust me.
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I'm not clear on what you're saying here about "leaving" sponges in the dishwasher. I put them in occasionally on the top rack, and I also microwave them every week or so.
Hi Suzy,

Putting a sponge in the dishwasher is like putting it in an incubator. You are giving it the perfect conditions to grow bacteria; moisture, and heat.

The water in you dishwasher is not likely to be hot enough to kill bacteria, particularly those embedded in a sponge. Most home dishwashers only provide water as hot as the water that come out of your tap, 120-130 for most homes. The "heat dry" function is often turned off for fear of melting the "sponge" (which of course isn't really sponge) and even if it isn't, it may not get hot enough to kill all those germs you just bred in the sponge before.

Worse, as the water drips out of the sponge, you are spreading these germs to all your other dishes.

Bleach and water mix, or microwaving a wet sponge (which essentially amounts to putting it is boiling water) are the only to cost effective ways to sanitize a sponge I know of.

And because the microwave uses no chemicals that may cause other problems, that would be my way of choice.
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:40 AM   #58
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And that's exactly what I do - saturate the living **** out of it until it begins to drip from the sponge. The stuff will work, trust me.
I agree that will work, but not any better than plain old bleach and water.

And you need to ask yourself this; Is killing the germs the only thing I should be worried about?

What about the huge amount of the killing agent that you may be leaving in the sponge. If you read about the active agent in this product, you may have second thoughts. LEHN & FINK PRODUCTS -- LYSOL (R) BRAND DISINFECTANT SPRAY - - ORIGINAL, FRESH, LIGHT, COUNTRY

I'm not trying to give you a hard time here, but using any chemical product in a manner not in keeping with the manufacturer's directions is dangerous IMO.
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If you have a dishwasher at home, and it has an option for an extra hot wash and rinse, it usually heats the water to about anywhere from 140 degrees or about 165 to 170 degress for the final rinse cycle.

And yes, it IS for non-porous items like plates, bowls, utensils, drinking vessels and flatware. I keep the water heater set to about 120 degrees. That temp is plenty enough for the things you do every day, such as taking baths or showers, washing clothes, etc..

My dishwasher, on the other hand, raises the temp of the water to get an extra hot steamy 140-degree temp for washing and rinsing the loads. It takes care of the problem of not haveing water that's hot enough to get rid of grease, germs and bacteria, which will die in 140-degree water.

The final rinse water is first heated, then this part of the entire cycle is extended for another 20 minutes, which means the dishes are being saturated drenched soaked and power-rinsed to kill the germs and promote faster even-heat drying
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Old 12-21-2007, 11:51 AM   #60
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I really think that forgetting sponges altogether, using dish clothes, preferably those made of bamboo, putting them in the wash after a day's use, or less, is by far the best way. You can bleach them or the drying temperature should be high enough to kill the bacteria.
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