This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bounty Paper Towels
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Wouldn’t you want to know what’s lurking in your kitchen dishcloth?
We were asked to use a new, unused dishcloth in our kitchen for four days as we would normally without washing it.
Our dishcloth was then sent over to Dr. Charles Gerba – aka “Doctor Germ” to be analyzed by his team over at the University of Arizona.
The team tested for the presence of:
- Total Coliforms – bacteria that indicate general cleanliness
- Fecal Coliforms – bacteria derived from fecal matter
a ureau s– bacteria found on the skin that can cause a range of illnesses including respiratory infections and food poisoning
- Heterotrophic Plate Count Bacteria (
HPCs) – bacteria that take the carbon (ex. Sugars) they need to survive and reproduce from their environment – i.e. yeasts, molds, etc.
Want to see the results!!??
In just four days, my dishcloth grew 5.3 million total coliforms per mL – that’s over 40x more than the average amount found in previously studied household dishcloths (130,000 per mL). It also
Scary isn’t it??
After receiving the results of the study, I realized I needed a better clean-up alternative in the kitchen to help prevent my family from being exposed to the bacteria that can be harbored in dishcloths.
I’ve started to use paper towels to clean up bacteria-filled food messes in the kitchen, like when I’m prepping raw chicken and seafood for dinner, or when an egg gets away from me and splats on the floor. I don’t need my dishcloth spreading germs around from these messes over to my counters or fruit bow! Paper towels make for an easy clean-up, since I make sure to throw them out after each use to help decrease the chance of bacterial growth around the kitchen.
How do you typically clean up messes in the kitchen?