American bio-engineers have recently discovered that the very structure of kitchen sponges – those used to clean dishes – greatly helps the multiplication of bacteria. For the president of the Association of Microbiologists of Quebec, Christian Jacob, it is indeed necessary to become aware of this reality, without however “sounding the alarm bell”. He believes that there are many other things in our homes that we should worry about from a microbiological point of view before sponges.
For example, Christian Jacob names food preservation, the compost bin, garbage cans and mechanical devices, such as air exchangers.
However, if you have to choose between a sponge or a cloth for washing the dishes, Christian Jacob’s choice stops… on the cloth!