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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Zap That Sponge!

Putting sponges in the dishwasher will clean them but it won't decontaminate them.
Zapping them in the microwave at full power for two minutes will kill or inactivate 99 percent of living pathogens. Adding an additional 2 minutes will destroy *Bacillus cereus spores. The sponges must be wet when you microwave them and of course be careful when removing them as they will be hot! Microwave them every other day or so.

*You can read more about B. cereus and Preventing Foodborne Illness at:


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