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The Active Times Logo By Hristina Byrnes of The Active Times | Slide 3 of 21: The sponge is often referred to as the dirtiest item in the kitchen, if not in the entire house. It is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even cause paralysis due to bacteria called campylobacter. There are around 10 million bacteria per square inch of a kitchen sponge and a million per square inch on a dish cloth, according to research. Fecal bacteria from raw meat fester in the moist environment. Change it every week or so.

Dish sponge

The sponge is often referred to as the dirtiest item in the kitchen, if not in the entire house. It is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat – and could even cause paralysis due to bacteria called campylobacter. There are around 10 million bacteria per square inch of a kitchen sponge and a million per square inch on a dish cloth, according to research. Fecal bacteria from raw meat fester in the moist environment. Change it every week or so.

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