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In honor of Turdicules (tm Bizarrojack)

I would HATE for this little gem to be buried in the comments of my last post. (Thank you, cheetahmaster and vexed who first explained this to me...)

The Straight Dope on the toilet flushing spray facts.

But HERE is my FAVORITE PART:

As Professor Gerba's research would later determine, however, the bathroom was hardly the most dangerous part of the house, microbe-wise. The real pesthole: the kitchen sponge or dishcloth, where fecal coliform bacteria from raw meat and such could fester in a damp, nurturing (for a germ) environment.

Kitchen sponges and dishcloths are scary and awful. Also, while I'm at it, these kind of enclosed toothbrush holders are the devil, and exist only to fill with germy green sludge. Never use them.

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fabulist
Jan. 6th, 2004 10:26 am (UTC)
Sponges are evil, but a good dishcloth (lightweight, open-weave, the kind that dries out in about fifteen minutes when folded neatly and left on the part of my stove over the pilot light) is proof of a divine presence in the world.
snidegrrl
Jan. 6th, 2004 10:59 am (UTC)
I believe this is the tactic my mother uses, although her dishcloths may not be green. But then, my mother also puts bath towels on drying racks, something I have only seen her do.
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kismet09
Jan. 6th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC)
My mom says that microwaving your sponges occasionally helps to disinfect them. I haven't checked for actual scientific evidence, though.
judithiscariot
Jan. 6th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
microwaving your kitchen sponge is just as good as boiling it and much better than running it through the dishwasher or washing machine. also better than bleaching it.

put it in a bag or cover it with a paper towel and for gods sake MAKE SURE THE SPONGE IS WET. nothing like a burned sponge. ew.
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salami_salome
Jan. 6th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
Which brings me to yet another ideosynchracy of my roommate's. In my home, I am the only thrower-awayer of nasty old sponges and buyer of clean new sponges. He will use one for as long as possible, as though it were a personal challenge. It is not inconsistent with many of his other pack-rat type habits. He just likes to keep things around and get all the use out of them he can. He's been known to water down cleansers. He enjoys "making do." Someone finally gave him an electric mixer, but he prefers to rig a wooden spoon up to a Dremel. Regret to inform that his philosophy extends even to food. He doesn't believe in expiration dates. Of course, he never gets sick, so if you tell him anything is full of germs he will scoff and there's nothing you can do.
cheetahmaster
Jan. 6th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC)
Someone finally gave him an electric mixer, but he prefers to rig a wooden spoon up to a Dremel.

Wait, what? How is this better?

Regret to inform that his philosophy extends even to food. He doesn't believe in expiration dates.

AUGH.
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ex_nostradom25
Jan. 6th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
Indeed.
I run my sponges through the dishwasher as much as possible. COOTIES!!!

AND yes, I hate those enclosed toofbrush holders. Those are also quite disgusting.

And yes, I have been known to Tilex a shower until every trace of non-white, non-caulk-colored material is gone, gone, gone.

Cooties. I respect their right to live, but doesn't mean we have to ingest them.
snidegrrl
Jan. 6th, 2004 02:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Indeed.
How about coming over and tilexing MY shower? I'm afraid I'm not as diligent about that. :)
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snidegrrl
Jan. 6th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
Well, you don't seem any the worse for wear for it. :)
larksdream
Jan. 6th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
Yup. I am with you all the way. I have a dishtowel-- it's for drying off my hands if I wash them at the kitchen sink. It never touches my clean dishes. Sponges are microwaved and changed (and I have a cute little stand for them to sit on so they dry out every night). Toothbrush sits in a plastic cup that I can wash. Toilet seat stays down. Liquid soap dispensers only. There is a tiny little bacteria-sized embroidered sign in my apartment that reads, "Abandon every hope, all ye bacteria who enter here." ;-)
snidegrrl
Jan. 6th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
Well done :)
swartzdk
Jan. 7th, 2004 05:50 am (UTC)
Household rules
The Anncestors patented rules for a clean house.

Toilet paper: Over the top. The under the back method causes your hand to touch the wall every time you reach for more paper. Eventually the wall gets marked up.

Sponges: Nver do they darken the door. Good for washing cars or raising germs

Towels: Always dry on a drying rack completely unfolded. This will keep mildew to a minimum.

Shower cleaning: Bleach bleach bleach. For really bad buildup of soap scum try a razor scraper and mineral spirits.

Toilet seat: Leave the lid up, closing it invites mold and mildew growth.

Tooth brush: Open air on a brush rack. putting it in a closed holder or the medicine cabinet invites mildew.

Cat hair: Live with it. You can go nuts chasing down loose cat hair.

Garbage grinder: grind a lemon once in a while. Cleans it right up and smells good too.

bar soap: Don't trust liquids. anti bacterials only encourage resistant stains to develop.

examorata
Jan. 7th, 2004 09:09 am (UTC)
Re: Household rules
Garbage grinder: grind a lemon once in a while. Cleans it right up and smells good too.

Oh! That is really good to know! Along with the cleaning-microwaves-with-hot-steam thing!
eeedge
Jan. 7th, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC)
Germs
One thing to remember is that you *want* to have a certain quantity of dirt/bacteria/germs around to keep your immune system active. It's been shown pretty conclusively that ultra-compulsive house-cleaners tend to have more sickly children. It's because the children don't have to keep their immune systems going all the time.

Personally, I like having a sponge around for counters, but I microwave it daily. And (hopefully this is obvious) different sponges for kitchen and bathroom use...
fishy42
Jan. 8th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC)
The toothbrush holder
I must admit I am somewhat baffled. If I put my toothbrush in the toothbrush holder, handle down, brushy part up...how is this getting me germs?

I could see the other way around, but then putting it in that way seems the ultimate in weird. Or maybe I'm just the weird one. :)
snidegrrl
Jan. 8th, 2004 09:15 am (UTC)
Re: The toothbrush holder
As far as I'm concerned, germs move around :-/ Stick your nose up to one of those holes in the toothbrush holder - usually after you've been using it a while it smells like a dumpster. Ew! I can send you a new toothbrush holder or something! :)
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