More than a quarter of household dishcloths found to have E. Coli

A total of 27% of household dishcloths were found to contain the raw meat bacterium E. Coli, in a recent study.

A total of 27% of household dishcloths were found to contain the raw meat bacterium E. Coli, in a recent study.

According to research from Safefood, listeria was also present on 14% of cloths analysed by scientists.

The research shows that although one third of consumers who re-use dishcloths clean them in bleach and almost one in four wash them by hand, neither method is effective at removing the germs that cause food poisoning.

Safefood is reminding people that cloths must be cleaned in a washing machine on a temperature of least 30 degrees or else boiled for 15 minutes to effectively kill germs.

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