There are two types of people in the cleaning world: dishrag people and sponge people. And from my experience, you are typically one type or the other. You rarely see a sponge person using a dishrag and vice versa. But are all cleaning materials created equal? Will you get the same deep clean with a dishcloth you would with a sponge?
Well I’m no longer going to find out, because I just read the grossest article ever that has scared me into never purchasing another sponge as long as I live. A microbiologist at the University of Furtwangen in Germany and his team identified 362 different species of bacteria living in your sponge, but that’s not the worst part. They found about 82 billion bacteria living in just a cubic inch of space on your sponge. Gag!! They said even the microwave trick won’t work, because the bacteria grow so rapidly, all it does is basically kill a few to make room for some new bacteria. Awesome.
Are you ready for this next tidbit of info? I need you to mentally prepare yourself for this quote because after reading it I ran and trashed my sponge on the spot. You might, too.
“That’s the same density of bacteria you can find in human stool samples. There are probably no other places on earth with such high bacterial densities,” study author, Markus Egert said.
And there you have it. Anyone want to clean with a sponge after reading that? Were you a sponge user, too, or have you always preferred a dishcloth to clean your counters, etc.? Will you still use a sponge? Are you gagging a little?
Sorry to be the barer of gross news!