Ten Steps to a Safe Kitchen
Step Three: Kitchen Dishcloths and Sponges
Sanitize your kitchen dishcloths and sponges regularly.
Wash with a solution of one teaspoon chlorine bleach to one quart water, or use a commercial sanitizing agent, following product directions.
Many cooks use dishcloths or sponges to mop up areas where they have worked with uncooked meat and then reuse the cloth or sponge in other kitchen areas after minimal rinsing.
A contaminated dishcloth can house millions of bacteria after a few hours. Consider using paper towels to clean up and then throw them away immediately. Wash hands carefully after handling raw meat.