It’s easy to just throw a used kitchen wiping cloths on the counter and walk away. Let’s look at what you should really do with your kitchen wiping cloths so they don’t get gross.
After all, moisture is a breeding zone for germs and bacteria, so keeping your kitchen wiping cloths dry when not in use is critical. Never let them stay wet or get stinky for too long. Always place them in a spot to dry and don’t leave them balled up.
Yep, change them out daily to ensure you are being as sanitary as possible. At the end of the day they need to be placed in a wash pile, make sure they are dry though. Also, wash separately to keep away from your clothes. Make sure to not leave them in the washing machine after they are done. Be sure to wash your kitchen wiping cloths in hot water in your washing machine. It’s counterproductive to leave them clean and wet.
If your kitchen wiping cloth has touched raw meat or a surface that has touched raw meat, be sure to wash your rag promptly in hot water. This is very important for reducing your risk of cross contamination in your kitchen.
Boil them occasionally for 15 minutes or so to kill any mold, mildew, bacteria and germs that may be on the wiping cloths. You can also use a small amount of bleach and vinegar if still needed.
We also suggest always using fresh dish towels for dishes. You don’t want to wipe any bacteria or dirt on a clean plate.