The kitchen is probably one of the busiest places in any household - you cook there, you clean there, you eat there and you tend to gather there with friends and family. But did you know your kitchen might be contaminated with germs and bacteria that you're completely unaware of? And no, they aren't just lurking around your kitchen garbage. If you want to stop the spread of disease and infection within your household, taking care of your kitchen is a good place to start.
This may come as a shock to most people, but the dirtiest item in your kitchen is not the trashcan. And it isn't the garbage disposal, nor is it the kitchen sink. The dirtiest, germ infested item in your kitchen is: the sponge. Yes, your kitchen sponge is the most germ-laden item in your entire kitchen. According to the USDA, a dirty kitchen sponge can harbor various foodborne pathogens, yeasts and molds. The second dirtiest item in the kitchen is: the dish towel.
Since both a sponge and a dish towel are used to absorb moisture, they are also a great place to absorb germs. Sponges happen to be especially notorious for harboring harmful germs, and when using your sponge to clean other areas of the kitchen, you are merely transferring germs from one surface to another.
Try these useful tips to eliminate the germs on these common kitchen items:
The foods you are cooking and eating can lead to food borne illnesses if not properly maintained and taken care of. Here are some things to consider after coming home with grocery bags full of food:
Regularly wipe down kitchen surfaces with a clean rag and disinfectant spray. The sink, cabinet knobs, faucet handles, refrigerator handles, trashcans, and door handles and knobs are common areas in the kitchen for germs to hide since they are constantly being touched. Another item in your kitchen you shouldn't forget to clean is the kitchen telephone.
The cutting board is another kitchen item that can hold many hidden germs that most people are unaware of. Any cracks or crevices in your cutting board are the perfect place for bacteria to nestle and grow. Eliminate these germs immediately by properly washing your cutting board with anti-bacterial soap and wiping it down with a clean dish rag. If you are using the cutting board to cut and prepare raw meats, make sure you wash it thoroughly before using it for anything else.
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