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My Dishcloth’s Dirty Little Secret

Last month, I partcipated in Your Dishcloth’s Dirty Little Secrets Challenge thanks to Bounty DuraTowel. My challenge was to use a dishcloth for three consecutive days to clean my kitchen. I wasn’t sure at first if I could do it. You see I only use a dishcloth for one day and then I wash it. I find they start to smell if you leave them any longer. However, curiosity got the best of me so I decided to move forward with the challenge.

My Dishcloth's Dirty Little Secret

I used the dishcloth they mailed to me for three full days. I wiped up the countertops and stove and cleaned up after making meals. I have a dishwasher so I didn’t use it to wash any dishes. After the three days were up, the dishcloth was couriered back to Toronto to be tested by a professional lab in Toronto to reveal what it might be harbouring.

The results were shocking AND disgusting! Turns out my dishcloth after three days of use was full of germs! I was grossed out completely just reading the results. 

Just look for yourself:

Your dishcloth, after three days of usage showed 370,000,000 counts of bacteria and 112,000 counts of yeast and mould. In comparison, an unused dishcloth only harbours approximately 1,080 counts of bacteria and five counts of yeast and mould.

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! And I used THAT to clean my kitchen! I was wiping bacteria, yeast and mould everywhere when I thought I was cleaning up. As it turns out, only 22% of Canadians sanitize their dishcloth everyday (that’s what I normally do). Get this though….8% of Canadians admit to never sanitizing their dishcloths AT ALL!?!  I can’t even imagine!

Bounty DuraTowel is a good alternative to a dishcloth. It is clinically proven to leave surfaces three times cleaner than a germy dishcloth. It’s a cloth like papertowel that is stronger than others I’ve tried. I know people who use Bounty DuraTowel to handwash their dishes. If you don’t clean your dishcloths often, consider switching to Bounty DuraTowel. 

These tips from Dr. Elizabeth Scott, Co-director of the Simmons Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community,  about how to keep a clean kitchen for a healthy home are great reminder.

  1. Wash your hands – Prior to any meal preparation, wash your hands often with warm, soapy water and dry them using Bounty DuraTowel
  2. Wash and sanitize surfaces and utensils – Reduce the risk of contamination in the kitchen by washing and sanitizing all countertops, cutting boards and utensils that come into contact with food. Do this before and after preparing food and use Bounty DuraTowel to help clean up larger messes and wipe down surfaces
  3. Separate your food – Make sure to always separate your raw foods, such as meat and eggs, from cooked foods and vegetables to avoid cross-contamination which is one of the leading causes of foodborne illness. Use separate cutting boards for meats and for vegetables etc.
  4. Wash produce thoroughly – Immediately before prepping, wash all whole fruits and vegetables and dry using Bounty DuraTowel. This reduces the risk of transferring pathogens from the rind or skin to the inside of the fruit or vegetable when it is cut.
  5. Keep your fridge clean – One way to reduce the risk of cross-contamination is to keep the fridge clean and to keep foods covered since many bacteria and molds are able to grow at refrigerator temperatures. Clean your fridge using a kitchen sanitizer and Bounty DuraTowel
  6. Wash reusable grocery bags – Wash and thoroughly dry your reusable grocery bags frequently, especially if you are carrying raw meat, fish, poultry, seafood or vegetables

I’m curious…how often do you wash your dishcloths?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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