You likely already know not to wash your dishes with the same sponge you use to clean up meat juices, but it’s also a smart idea to designate separate sponges for dishes and countertops. Even if you’re not handling raw meat, raw vegetables have also been implicated in past E. coli and salmonella outbreaks. To prevent spreading this bacteria onto your clean dishes, appoint different sponges for dish, countertop, and raw meat duty. Be careful: don’t store these sponges stacked together or you’ll undo all your efforts. Instead, invest in a clever rack that keeps the “good sponge” and “evil sponge” separated.