Most people make the mistake of assuming that upset stomachs are the direct result of improperly prepared food or by eating food that is old. The truth is that 96% of dish cloths taken from people’s homes actually contain dangerous and potentially life threatening bacteria known as E.coli. The statistic for commercial establishments isn’t great either with 92% infestation.

The damp, warm conditions in our kitchens are a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria to spread and multiply. We have identified two great and effective methods to rid your dish cloths of dangerous bacteria and stop their spread and multiplication.

The Boiling Method

You will need a large pot and clean water.

  1. Fill the pot with water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the dirty dish cloths to the boiling water and leave to boil for 15 minutes. The boiling water will kill and get rid of all germs and bacteria.
  3. Wash and dry as normal. The dish cloths will not only be sanitized but they will also smell fresh.  

The Bleach or Vinegar Method

You will need bleach or vinegar and laundry detergent.

  1. Place your dirty dish cloths in the washing machine.
  2. Add between ½ a cup and 1 cup of vinegar or between a ¼ cup and ½ cup of bleach along with your regular laundry detergent. Be sure to use only one of the two.
  3. Use a hot or cold wash, depending on your personal preference, and complete a full cycle as normal.

These two methods have been tried and tested over many years, so ensure that your kitchen laundry is hygienically clean, and protect your family from harmful diseases.

Here are a couple more tips to maintain your dish cloths, in order to slow down the germ breeding process, just for your peace of mind.

Additional Information

  • Rinse and dry your dish cloths after use to avoid smells developing.
  • Avoid leaving dish cloths bundled up in a ball.
  • Try and use a thinner cloth to prevent them from holding more moisture than needed and from growing mould.

If you know of any other ways of keeping your least considered but most used kitchen cloths and sponges, share these with us.

This post is sponsored by Dettol, visit their website for more family health & hygiene tips.

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