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Holidays...a time for bacteria to be cheerful and spread

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Thanksgiving and Christmas, these are two of the biggest days of the year for cooking and eating, and a longer than usual clean up after such a feast.

But, there is one thing that may get missed after cleaning up and putting away all that food…the kitchen sponge.

Between the two holidays, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. That's according to a study published in the University of Arizona, which indicates a sponge can harbor 10 million bacteria per square inch, and can be as much as 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

The good news is, it's easy to clean a sponge if it still looks new. You can also run your sponge through a regular dishwashing cycle, or you can wet your sponge and put it in the microwave for one minute.

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