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Report: Kitchen sponges can harbor millions of bacteria

Created: 12/12/2013 7:58 PM WHEC.com

When was the last time you used your kitchen sponge? You'll probably be using after dinner, but did you know that your sponge could pose a danger?

Sponges are a gathering spot for bacteria. One report claims they can harbor 10 million bacteria per square inch and can be 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Health experts say you should probably think about tossing our sponges a bit more often.

Experts say you can also wet your sponge and put it in the microwave for a minute. News10NBC has heard about this before and did that experiment live on our air in 2007.

We microwaved on "high" with a dry sponge, thinking it would kill the bacteria and viruses. Instead, we had a smoky mess the first report did not mention that the sponge needed to be wet. You can see that experiment by hitting play on our media player.



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