Click here for the original article link, but here’s the main takeaways:
- The kitchen sink is oftentimes dirtier than your toilet – No thanks!
- Most kitchen sponges are “germ bombs”
- Wet kitchen sinks providing “damp playgrounds for fecal bacteria” — their words (insert grossed out emoji)
- A 2017 study shows sinks and sponges harbor fecal bacteria in 44% of homes.
- The same study shows 15% of homes tested positive for E. coli — mainly in..yes..KITCHEN SINKS.
- “Most people disinfect their toilets far more than their sinks, where leftover food particles can mingle with bugs from raw meat and our own poorly washed hands. Sponges soaking in that environment hardly stand a chance.”
- USA Today provides a handful of solutions to clean sponges and maintain them to limit the amount of bacteria build up, but then it says to throw them out after a week ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .
┻┳| •.•) “Maybe it’s time to ditch the traditional sponge…”
It’s a creative title, I know. Only took a few minutes to come up with — no big deal..
My intent with this post is to elaborate on this point and back up the notion that loofahs are a breeding ground for bacteria. While that’s been a known fact for years, loofahs are still highly prevalent in the shower/bath setting and the bacteria truthers are LOVING it!
Some quick bullet points:
- A quick google search will get you countless articles on why and how loofahs accumulate different negative bacterium — here’s a study done by people smarter than me strictly analyzing the different bacteria found on loofahs. There’s a lot bigger words in the reading, however, the bottom line was that there was bacteria EVERYWHERE — big name bacteria that I wouldn’t be able to spell, but it’s pretty gross if you think about it. Don’t be fooled by the foo foo colors and pretty designs:
- A side note: One solution out there is a silicone face scrubber that the manufacture puts a battery in and calls it sonic pulsations.
- It’s a nifty idea and probably works better than just pressing it on your face…or you can scrub your face with it without the battery power + excess price of up $200 on some websites. To each their own.
Again, I wanted to post this because, what once began as a product we offered as a kitchen sponge replacement, we later learned that we stumbled upon a loofah replacement as well for the same sanitary reasons that it trumps your traditional kitchen sponge. I’ve been using the same scrubber in the shower for over a year, clean and dry it when necessary and haven’t looked back — I also think it looks cooler than a loofah ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .
1. The Dilemma
Dating back to my college days, the majority of my dinners consisted of putting together a couple ham and cheese sandwiches, a bowl of ramen noodles or a quick omelette using the aforementioned sandwich ingredients. When I was feeling motivated, however, I’d look to the grill and attempt to cook up some fish, steak or anything else that was on sale at the local Jewel. The problem with this was, very rarely did I remember to take the meat out of the freezer early enough to have it thawed in time. This resulted in running hot water over the ‘block of ice’ thawing it maybe halfway, giving up and putting the meat back in the fridge, having it inevitably go bad, waste it and, ultimately, making that sandwich for dinner. This problem has persisted and I’ll seemingly never learn to remember to put out the frozen food to thaw. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So in comes our Defrosting Tray — The miracle worker that’s going to thaw out your meat, vegetables and, really, anything else that needs thawing in an abbreviated time versus just setting it out on the counter.
Here’s the thing though. There’s NO electricity and the tray isn’t warm to the touch, so how is that supposed to heat up my steak faster than a plate?
2. The Answer
Well, if you’re good at the science thing, you can look up Fourier’s Law and analyze the equations proving thermal conductivity.
For everyone else, here’s the short of it:
- The tray is made of aluminum, which is a VERY high thermal conductivity constant, making it one of the most efficient materials for heat transfer.
- The aluminum will absorb the ambient surrounding heat, and transfer this to whatever food you’ve placed on the tray speeding up the thawing process.
- The higher the thermal conductivity, the faster it will equalize the temperature with whatever it’s in contact with.
- The tray is propped up creating air flow underneath the tray (as shown below). This allows the tray to continue generating the heat from the room temperature and transferring that to the soon-to-be thawed food.
- The silicone legs elevate the tray to allow the airflow to circulate around it maintaining the thawing process!
As promised, that’s the short of it! It’s a simple explanation to explain a simple process to solve a widespread issue!