(DAILYMAIL) — It may come as a surprise to the houseproud and ‘clean freaks’ among us but the kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest places in the home – 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

And it is not just harmless bacteria lurking on your cleaning cloths and utensils.

Experts have linked germs found on sponges, cloths and chopping boards with a bacteria which can cause paralysis.

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