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Take this item away from your kitchen. I brings UTIs abd borne infections

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Homeowners are being urged to remove one particular item from their kitchen due to the health risks it can bring. Microbiologists say dishcloths can harbour millions of harmful bacteria – potentially putting you at risk of bone infections, pneumonia, UTIs, vomiting and more.

The kitchen item that harbours the most bacteria
Dr Nye warned that, actually, the most bacteria-filled item in the kitchen is dishcloths!

Speaking about a study, the doctor revealed: “90% of UK dishcloths were considered heavily contaminated with bacteria compared with 20% of toilet flush handles.

“The toilet fairs better than other kitchen areas such as the kitchen tap and worktop.”

Yikes.

Overall, Dr Nye recommends not using dishcloths at-all, but, if you do, you must clean and store them properly. He said: “Recommendations are to not use them, but if you do, you should be washing thoroughly after each use and rinse with an anti-bacterial detergent every two days to kill harbouring

Here are tips for cloth cleanliness:

  • Use separate cloths for the dishes, floor, drying hands and other surfaces.
  • Put washing-up brushes in the dishwasher regularly.
  • Wash your cloths regularly at hotter than 60C (ideally hotter than 80C).
  • If you don’t have a boil wash on your machine, put your dishcloths in a large saucepan with some washing powder and bring to the boil.
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