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You Wear Out Your Kitchen Sponge

The verdict: It won't kill you, but...

That sponge sitting in your sink is germier than you might realize. If you use it to clean your sink or counters—especially after you've mopped up raw meat and poultry juices and only quickly rinsed the sponge—you're spreading potentially illness-causing bacteria all over the place. Ick, right?

That doesn't mean you should never reuse a sponge. You just have to clean it thoroughly enough to zap the bacteria in it, either by running it through the dishwasher or nuking the damp sponge in the microwave on high for one to two minutes once a week.

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