How harmful is it to hand wash dishes using a sponge that literally sits at the sink day after day, being used to also wipe down kitchen counters and the stove? This sponge also has a scrubber side to it to scrub pans. Even if you rinse this sponge with hot water, does that make it safe to use on dishes?
I am having a debate with my mother about this issue. I prefer to use the automatic dishwasher and she prefers to wash dishes by hand. She feels that she can wash them better than the dishwasher. Since we are all eating off these dishes, I would appreciate your wisdom in this matter. When I do wash dishes by hand I use a clean dish cloth and then throw it in the laundry afterwards. Does this also sound ok? I can't even get her to do this! I appreciate your help in this matter!