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It often causes an argument over who's turn it is to do it, but could doing the washing up make you ill as well?
A new report has found that 40 percent of our washing up bowls are harbouring bacteria, even though 74 percent of the ones tested were visibly clean.
A further 80% of tea towels and dishcloths failed a hygiene test with no households using water at the recommended 60 degrees Celsius.
The research has been done by Stopwashingup.com who say the only way to be really safe is to use a dishwasher. If you can't they've put together these tips with the help of Dr Lisa Ackerley, one of the Uk's leading food safety experts.
“We will always use the washing up bowl for a number of different things, but I have to put the items I use to prepare food and eat with such as plates, cutlery and chopping boards into a dishwasher because that way I know that they will be hygienically cleaned. However until you are ready to get a dishwasher, here are some top tips to improve your washing up habits: