Dirty scouring pad

Dirty scouring pad

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Credit: VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Dirty scouring pad. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a dirty scouring pad. Particles of food (green) trapped in the pad's fibres (yellow) provide an excellent breeding ground for bacteria. Cleaning utensils such as this must themselves be cleaned regularly to prevent contamination of clean areas. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: cleaner, cleaning, dirty, domestic items, fibres, food, grime, grimy, household goods, hygiene, kitchen utensil, scanning electron micrograph, scouring pad, sem, unhygienic

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