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The kitchen sponge is not the most hygienic tool for washing dishes, we know this. In the kitchen, however, there are also other dangers: a recent study condemns without appeal also the dishcloth with which we dry the dishes.

According to the research, it may be responsible for the spread of germs, bacteria and even food poisoning. This is supported by researchers from the University of Mauritius who presented their survey at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, in Atlanta (USA).

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What a mess! The analysis is based on an experiment that lasted a month, done on 100 dusters. The test revealed that, of the 100, at least 49 were contaminated by significant bacterial growth and over a third were positive for coliform bacteria (E. coli).

While the proliferation of bacterial colonies is typical of wet towels, coliform bacteria and Staphylococcus aureus are more frequent among dusters used by large families and where meat is eaten.

Overall, 37% of the test cloths produced coliform bacteria, 37% were positive for Enterococcus (antibiotic-resistant bacteria) and 14% Staphylococcus aureus.

How often should the sheets be changed?

One day and so … How to avoid getting too in touch with this universe of microorganisms, some of which can cause serious pathologies? Without a dishwasher, the most sensible advice is to wash the dusters every day or to use disposable paper towels (better yet).