Your dish-washing sponges and mops store more harmful bacteria than you think. Learn how to get rid of the dirt trapped in them.

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Sponges and scrubbing pads 

Chuck the sponge into the microwave for a minute or so – make sure it’s wet and doesn’t contain any metal parts. For hygiene purposes, do remember to replace your sponges every few weeks.

Mops
Soak the mop heads in a sanitising solution, such as bleach, for 15-20 minutes after each use. Use different mops in each areas of your house to prevent the spread of germs from one place to another. Colour-code the handles so you can remember the usage of each mop.