Did you know that over 4 billion germs live in the average dish cloth? The kitchen itself is a place where germs love to hang out. When I was first married we didn’t have a dishwasher (and we still don’t) and trying to keep the dishcloths smelling fresh and clean was difficult. No matter how much soap or how well I soaked them they still smelled terrible. My mom told me to just use a small amount of bleach in the dish water every time I washed dishes. That was the key, no longer did they smell and in the process I cut the germs that normally inhabit dishcloths down significantly. Especially in these winter months when colds run rampant, bleach can kill many of those disease causing germs.