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Originally Published by Newsweek

A hygiene expert has highlighted several kitchen habits that some people may not think twice about but could be helping to spread germs.

Hygiene in the kitchen is important, not least because an estimated one in six Americans (around 48 million people) get sick from foodborne diseases annually, with 3,000 of these people dying, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Cleaning is an important step in preventing these illnesses,” Brian Sansoni, senior vice president of the American Cleaning Institute, which represents the U.S. cleaning products industry, told Newsweek.

According to Sansoni, keeping the same sponge for too long is among the worst things you can do when it comes to hygiene.

“This is by far one of the germiest things in the kitchen and should never be used for more than a couple of months before replacing,” Sansoni said.

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