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Hi everyone. I just signed up after enjoying reading many of the questions and answers here... now I have one If I have a sponge that is infested with bacteria (let's say I rubbed it all over a raw chicken and soaked up some raw eggs!). I take that sponge and scrub a plate 'clean' with it. I then use a 100% clean dish-towel to rub the plate dry. If the plate is dry, will there be bacteria on it? Will they multiply?Can they even survive without moisture? I'm sure that the plate and moisture bacteria will then transfer onto the dish towel (meaning danger for the next items being dryed), but assuming this plate is completely dry, I'm wondering what this will mean for bacteria. Does dryness = death to bacteria? And ifso, how quickly?Looking forward to hearing people's thoughts.Thanks,M
Bacteria do need moisture to grow (but many can survive in a dormant state without moisture); but don't forget that the very atmosphere contains sufficient moisture for most bacteria, so the fact that the plate is dry to the touch does not mean it is totally dry.That having been said, moisture is a prerequisite, but not a sufficiency - it also needs sources of nutrients (although again these can be very small amounts - and no matter how much you rub a plate, it will still contain small traces of organic matter on its surface, and more will settle from dust in the atmosphere).On the other hand, small amounts of bacteria are something your body is used to dealing with (unless you have a compromised immune system) - so you are not really looking for a bacteria free environment, only to keep levels of bacteria sufficiently low that you immune system is capable of dealing with the small residual amount (what is a sufficiently low amount depends on the type of the bacteria, and your own state of health, and how the bacteria enters your body).