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Your dish sponge could be making you sick 😱

Whether you wash your dishes by hand or use your dishwasher, chances are good that you are using a sponge. There are all kinds of sponges out on the market and they all do the same job, so why spend a lot of money on them?

Like all things, not all sponges are created equally. And there are high odds that your sponge might be making you sick – and not in the ways you’d think!

Is your sponge making you sick?

Sponges are known to carry germs and bacteria from surface to surface.

Your kitchen, especially the sink, contains more bacteria and contaminants than your bathroom. So keeping your food prep workspace hygienic is definitely a must! Your dish sponge is one of the worst offenders of germs in your entire household.

Think about it, you might use a single sponge for weeks on end, on everything from cookware used with raw meats or seafood, to wiping the crumbs from your countertop or tabletop where you eat your meals. Just think about the amount of contamination occurring in a single day 😱 it’s terrifying!

 

Can you really clean your sponge effectively, though?

The internet is full of tricks and tips how to clean your sponge so you can reuse it and get the most out of it. If you ask me, it’s just not worth it for a cheap (and cheaply made) item. Everything from a hot water bath, to a deep soak in bleach (😳), washing them on the top rack of your dishwasher with your tableware, and even zapping the germs in the microwave – the hacks are endless.

But do any of them really work?

The short answer is no.

These quick fixes might account for, maybe, a reduction of germs and bacteria by 60 percent. That means that you will be reusing your sponge with 40 percent of the bacteria still alive within it, and that’s pretty scary!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time every day to deep clean my $2 dish sponge! It’s just not worth it. If a daily deep clean is not your thang, you can consider replacing your sponge weekly. Only, it can become expensive over time, and incredibly damaging to the environment.

Depending on how frequently you change your sponge and what it is made from, it could take anywhere from one to 52,000 years to decompose in a landfill.

 

It’s about more than just germs. Your sponge is loaded with toxic chemicals.

Your typical dish sponge is made from plastic or polyurethane foam. More expensive sponges are made from  sparse, unwoven polymers, such as cellulose, nylon, or polypropylene fiber.

These sponges are coated in irritating contaminants such as aluminum oxide, titanium dioxide, and resins. The Department of Health, National Institutes for Health and Centers for Disease Control (OSHA, EPA, and more!!) have all deemed these chemicals hazardous for human health.

They create risk factors for infertility, inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, poor immunity, and respiratory irritation.

They are also soaked in antibacterial and antimicrobial chemicals to prevent the growth of organic substances between manufacturing and first use.

Not to mention, the colorful dyes. What is in these things?!

3M Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Sponge
Credit: HappyBabyUSA.org

I know what you’re thinking: you will just opt for a dish rag. Problem solved, right?

Wrong!

Fabric-type cleaning cloths meant for dishes and countertops often contain tiny microplastics. These microplastics have been littering our oceans for decades, and are now showing up in our water, food-sources, and inside our body.

 

So, what is the alternative? That’s easy:

Norwex dish sponges and dish cloth

Norwex products are, by default, chemical free. Their microfiber products, including their dish sponges, are finely woven with microsilver – Nature’s antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal agent. They call this BacLock, and it’s AMAZING!

Norwex cloths are not just superior in their ability to rid your home of germs and bacteria, they are superior in their construction. And that, my friend, is what makes them better.

Microfiber 101

Norwex microfibers are split as fine as mechanically possible in order to create the most absorbent and functional cloth products on the market. The more a fiber of microfiber is split, the finer it becomes, and the more it absorbs.

standard microfiber
Source: Norwex – Regular microfiber vs germs
norwex microfiber
Source: Norwex – Norwex microfiber vs germs

 

Norwex fibers are 1/200th the thickness of a strand of human hair (‼️) This allows each tiny strand of microfiber to cover more surface area, giving you a cleaner clean.

These superior microfiber products have been third-party tested and proven to wipe up 99% of bacteria and germs from any surface, using only water. This is only the case when you properly use and care for your microfiber per the included instructions.

 

 

Norwex sponges and dish rags do not use toxic dyes, glues, or other harmful substances. They are non-scratching to your cookware and dining-ware, and they last a really long time!

Because of the BacLock, you won’t need to bleach, microwave, or run them through the dishwasher (although, that is the recommended way of laundering the reusable dishrag).

You are saving your health by using better products that trap more germs, saving money because they are reusable for longer periods of time, and saving the environment with the Norwex Revolution!

This company is all about saving the environment, reducing plastics in landfills and oceans, and helping their consumers to make better, smarter choices.

So, if you really like to clean when you’re cleaning, and if you care about your health, choose Norwex! It’s a simple and effective choice!

 

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