Where does bacteria grow?

CLEVELAND - Bacteria are the main cause of sickness and food-borne illness in most people.

So, to decrease your risk of getting sick, it's good to know where germs lurk.

Experts say certain places make a good breeding ground for bacteria.

"Areas that are soft, that are porous, and I'll add areas that are at room temperature or higher," said Dr. Susan Rhem of the Cleveland Clinic.  "These are all things that support the grown of bacteria.

So things like cloth, sponges, and wet carpets are excellent living places for bacteria.

They should be cleaned regularly, especially if they begin to smell. Washing a sponge or a cloth in bleached water, or putting them in a dishwasher will reduce the bacteria.

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