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Your dish sponge could be making you sick!

With germs and viruses, such as COVID-19, continuing to spread like wildfire across Northeast Ohio, keeping clean is now more important than ever.

CLEVELAND — Did you know that, according to research published by LiveScience, your cell phone carries 10x more bacteria that most toilet seats. According to CNET, Americans use their cell phone 52x per day. It is estimated that there are over 325,000,000 cell phones in the United States. As you know, your mobile device goes everywhere with you – including into the bathroom. Given this information, it’s crucial that you wash your phone at least once a day to keep germs from spreading.

If you don’t have a dishwasher, listen up! According to WebMD, your dish sponge is the dirtiest thing in your home and could be making you sick. Because your dish sponge is used multiple times per day, retains water and is meant to clean foods like meat off your plates, it is the perfect environment for bacteria to not only grow, but thrive. It’s recommended that you keep your dish sponge clean by tossing your wet dish sponge into the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes to kill the germs, and to replace it when it starts to smell.

Other everyday items that you might overlook, but are bacteria and germ sanctuaries are:

  • Remote Control
  • Computer Keyboard
  • Toothbrush Holder
  • Dog Toys
  • Money
  • Coffee Cup
  • Purse
  • Shopping Carts
  • Soap Dispenser
  • Kitchen Towel

Make sure that you’re being extra vigilant in not only clearing and sanitizing the obvious items that need cleaning in and around your home such as your bathroom, but also the cell phone or computer you might be reading this story from.

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