Do you know where the dirtiest place in your home is? You may be quick to answer that the bathroom is one of the dirtiest places in your home, but it really isn’t. Your kitchen is the place in your home that’s breeding the most germs. There are a few different kinds of germs in your kitchen that have the potential to make you sick including listeria, E-coli, mold, yeast, salmonella, and more. If you know where the 10 most germ-ridden places in your kitchen are you can address them more closely in order to help keep you and your family healthy.
The Sponges And Dishcloths
Your sponges and dishcloths get used for a variety of purposes in the kitchen. These items can build up a variety of bacteria including harmful salmonella and E coli. To combat germs, microwave the sponge or dishcloth on high for about 30-60 seconds in order to kill bacteria. Do this on a regular basis to keep a cleaner kitchen.
The Vegetable Drawer
Even in the cold refrigerator, this dark environment tends to breed germs. From the time the groceries are in your cart, you should work to keep both meats and produce separate. You don’t want raw meat juices dripping on the produce. Once you get back to your home, the vegetables and fruits should be thoroughly washed. Your vegetable drawer should be washed on a regular basis as well. If you keep things like your kitchen tools and appliances from being cross contaminated then you’ll be ahead of any germs and bacteria that could cause you harm. As a bonus, to control odors make sure that you put some baking soda in the vegetable compartment from time to time.
The Kitchen Sink
You know that everything gets thrown in the kitchen sink. If you have a garbage disposal, you’re probably throwing old bits of food down there. Then, you’re using the sink to scrub pots and pans. Dishes are being piled up there. Always use a disinfecting kitchen cleaner to scrub down your sink each day to prevent harmful bacteria from building up.
The Meat Drawer
If you have a stinky lunch meat drawer, you’re not alone. We tend to throw our packaged lunch meats in there, forget about them, and rarely address cleaning the drawer. The same way that you clean your vegetable drawer to keep items from cross contaminating should be used when it comes to handling meats whether they are raw or just some simple lunch meat.
It can be difficult to address all of the nooks and crevices of your kitchen, but with a regular cleaning schedule you should be able to keep away the germs and live with a clean kitchen.