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Drying with a Dirty Towel
That towel hanging by the sink that’s “just for dishes and hands” has probably become a catch-all for any spills or minor messes. Which means it’s laden with dirt, grime and even E. coli and other germs. While we don’t recommend using paper towels (bad for the environment), you can simply let your dishes air dry or be sure to swap out dish towels frequently. Check out these other dirtiest places in your home.
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Washing with Cold Water
The perfect temperature to sterilize your dishes is about 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is standard for most dishwashers. But your hands likely won’t be able to tolerate such a hot temperature. Using lukewarm water won’t kill the bacteria and could leave icky streaks on your dishes so wearing special dishwashing gloves can help. Plus: Did you know these are the germiest spots in your bathroom?
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Scrubbing with a Sponge
Kitchen sponges are havens for bacteria and germs. In fact, they may even be the dirtiest thing in your kitchen. So why would you clean with them?! Swap out your sponge for a dishwashing brush which can be cleaned and dried completely much easier. If you are set on the sponge, make sure to change it weekly and keep it clean between swaps with these tips.