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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stinky, Germ-filled Dishcloths are in our Kitchens and it's time to say Good Bye! #PGMom

A few weeks ago for fun(?), and curiosity I agreed to send my dishcloth to a Toronto lab for analysis after three days of use in my family's kitchen.

The results are in -

My dishcloth contained 400 000 000 counts of bacteria and 2 070 000 counts of yeast and mould, in comparison to an unused dishcloth which only has 1080 counts of bacteria and 5 counts of yeast and mould.  It's high time to ditch those stinky, germ-filled dishcloths in our Canadian kitchens.

 Bounty DuraTowel is clinically proven to leave kitchen surfaces three times cleaner than a germy dishcloth

Being a creature of habit and of my upbringing, it can be tough to break old habits, yet, I am trying.  After seeing those unbelievably high results, I knew it was time to make some changes for the health of my family and the health of my home.  Bounty DuraTowels are strong, and absorbent and ready to tackle the messes which I leave behind on my surfaces.    From now on my dishcloth is just for cleaning my dishes, and DuraTowels will take care of the the wipe downs.

Tips to keeping our homes healthy

Wash your hands prior to any meal preparation. Wash your hands in warm soapy water and dry them with a Bounty DuraTowel.

Wash and sanitize surfaces and utensils to reduce the risk of contamination in the kitchen.  Wash and sanitize all surfaces which come in contact with food by using a Bounty DuraTowel.

Separate your food, keep cooked and raw away from each other.  Cross contamination is the leading cause of food borne illness.

Wash all fruits and veggies prior to consuming them.   Dry with a Bounty DuraTowel.

Clean your fridge with a kitchen sanitizer and dry with a Bounty DuraTowel.   Reduce the risk of cross contamination by keeping foods covered, since bacteria and mould can grow in fridge temperatures.

Wash your reusable grocery bags frequently.



Disclaimer:  I am a P&G Mom and have special perks as part of my association.  The opinions expressed are mine, yours may differ. 


Erika E said...

I rarely think to wash my reusable grocery bags because they don't look dirty but after reading this I'm going to start washing them much more often.

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I never understood why old dishcloths smell when they're always covered in soap.

fredamans said...

Just reading your stats makes me want to throw away every dishcloth I own. :-)

Annie1 said...

I'm ashamed to admit that I once had stinky washcloths lol But we threw them all away a few years ago!

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Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

I am definitely going to wash my grocery bags and dishcloths more often!

Vesper Meikle said...

I already regularly wash my cotton shopping bags and at the end of every day I collect all the dish cloths and tea towels and put them in the laundry room ready to put them on a high temperature wash - My Grandmother used to boil all hers

Jeannie Lam said...

Great tips! Going to throw away my dish sponge now!

karine123 said...

I'm someone who can't do the dishes with a smelly dishcloth, and I always use Paper Towel to clean messes, because cleaning messes with the dish cloth and then using it to wash the dishes.. ishh.

carschick2000 said...

Thanks for the info i will be more dilligent about washing dish cloths and my grocery bags from now on!

flowerchild said...

I have started using paper towel instead of dish cloths in the kitchen more.

Salad For Breakfast said...

I thought dishcloths were more eco-friendly but I never thought they were chocful of germs! Good thing I swear by Bounty, I'll have to use it more often

sarah sar
texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

Sydney Bows said...

I'm sure paper towels are more clean, but are they better for the environment?

Soozle said...

Ugggggh! That is so mortifying how disgusting a dish cloth can get - especially considering you are cleaning items you will be eating off of..

I have to admit that I am guilty of not changing my dishcloths after each use!

Sue2Sueper said...

I love bounty! never tried the DuraTowel though!

It's impossible to keep everything germ free, we can use all the help we can get.

Flo said...

I always wash my shopping bags. I use a lot of paper towels.

Florence C

Emma said...

I know that dish cloth filled with germs but no idea to this extent. I got a bigpack whenever they are on sale & $ store, ditch them after certain period of time.
I never use them to dry dishes.
Now I realized this may not be enough.
- Emma

Victoria S said...

Thanks for the review! I throw my dishtowels in the washer weekly, and clean them thoroughly often because of germs... but I still prefer them to paper towel in most cases.

Victoria Ess

Christy Martin said...

I knew dish clothes were bacteria filled but I had no idea how much! I don't think I want to even use them for 1 day, wash them and call them clean anymore!

Fan R. said...

Looks like great product haven't tried it yet, but I heard only good about Bounty from my friends. Think it's time.

Rhonda said...

The convenience alone has me never mind the more sanitary options Bounty offers!
via Rhonda W G.