Just like many families, we spend a lot of time in our kitchen. It seems like I’m wiping something up off the counters every few minutes — a spill, crumbs, dog hair… The messes are never ending in this household! I’ve always thought that the counters and surfaces in the kitchen were fairly clean. At least, I try to keep them that way with a regular dishcloth and an all-purpose cleaner spray.
I know better, now.
Bounty recently asked me to participate in their “Ditch & Switch” challenge to to help prove that using Bounty DuraTowel can help cut down on spreading germs in the home. The challenge was to use a dishcloth in my kitchen for three days, then send it back to the P&G laboratories for testing — to see if my kitchen truly was as clean as I had hoped.
I didn’t mess around with that test dishcloth. I USED that cloth all out for three days, just as I normally would — wiping counters, scrubbing down the stove top after meals, wiping the eating area, cleaning off the fridge handle — I think I even did dishes with it on the second day. Normally I use my dish cloths for 2 – 4 days before tossing them in the wash with a bit of bleach. So this test was a very good representation of how germy my everyday cloth would end up — it isn’t pretty.
How Germy is Your Kitchen Dishcloth?
Did you realize that after just ONE day’s use, your dishcloth can harbor and redeposit millions of nasty little germs all over your so called clean kitchen? The very surfaces your family comes into contact with, eats off of and uses on a daily basis. There have even been studies that show the nastiest of germs can survive on our countertops, cutting boards and other surfaces for days and in some cases, weeks. Ugh!
Check out this chart which show levels of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). ATP is a system used to measure the amount of soil such as food residue, pet dander and dirt that is left behind on kitchen surfaces and hotel rooms. A reading of just 300 RLU’s means the kitchen is unclean. I’m pretty ashamed to say that my 3 day old dishcloth measured at 1366 RLUs. :(
In fact, I’m more than ashamed — I am completely and totally grossed out!
Grossed out enough to take this challenge to heart and commit to doing a Ditch & Switch! I’m ditching that nasty old germ-infested dishcloth for a much cleaner alternative — a roll of Bounty DuraTowel.
DuraTowel paper towels are super durable! I found that just one sheet was plenty to wipe down the kitchen — even while being rinsed and wrung out several times. I had no problems using the DuraTowel to scrub up dried on spaghetti sauce from the stovetop. And, the best part is that once I’ve wiped up all the germs — I just toss them into the trash. No more germy dishcloths lying around waiting to spread their grossness!
Bounty exposed my dirty dishcloth and showed me the cleaner way to clean with Bounty DuraTowel, the only cloth-like, durable paper towel that is clinically proven to leave surfaces three times cleaner than a germy dishcloth.* Find out more here!
*1tsp spaghetti sauce, 10 mls. coffee, ⅛ tsp creamer on laminate countertop
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bounty. The opinions and text are all mine.