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(HealthDay News) -- Sponges may be a handy way to wipe up messes in the kitchen, but they can also spread germs.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice for safer kitchen sponges:
Don't use a sponge to wipe up spilled juices from meat. Instead, opt for a paper towel or antibacterial wipe.
Don't clean countertops with a sponge. Clean them with disinfecting wipes or paper towels.
If you use a dishcloth, be sure to wash frequently in very hot water and dry in the dryer's hot setting.
Replace sponge frequently. If it starts to smell, throw it away.