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The sponge in your kitchen sink is filled with bacteria — and no, you can’t clean it

  • Your kitchen sponge is disgusting.Chuck Gerba, professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona, told the BBC in 2012 that a kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.
  • Now, German researchers have DNA-sequenced 28 samples from 14 sponges — and they have some even more disturbing facts about what you probably use to clean your plates.
  • The researchers discovered a small bacteria-dense portion of a sponge — the size of a sugar cube — could have 54 billion bacterial cells. This level of bacteria density is found only in one other matter: feces. Read more. (8/2/2017 6:20 PM)

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