God has blessed us many of us with a house to live in and, while it may not be a big fancy mansion, we should be thankful that we have a roof over our head. It is important to remember to take good care of our homes and keep them clean the best as we can. What matters is that we maintain it, and keep it clean and welcoming.
Did you know that the kitchen is likely the most germ-infested area in your home? This may come as a surprise as many people believe that the bathroom is the dirtiest. But no, the dirtiest room is not the place where you bathe or use the bathroom, it’s the very room where you cook and eat!
Let’s take a look at all the places in your kitchen which contain the most germs and are easy to miss. These are places you may overlook, but they definitely carry a lot of bacteria. So here are some ways to clean them thoroughly using simple tools.
Sinks. Contrary to popular belief, your kitchen sink has more germs than your toilet does. After all, it houses everything from dirty juices, leftover food, and raw meat juices, making it the breeding ground for bacteria. So always make sure to wash your sink regularly with a sponge dipped in soapy hot water. Especially when using your skink to prepare food or soaking pots, pans, and dishes.
Sponges. Sponges are tricky when it comes to cleaning them. Recently, there has been a lot of debate on how to disinfect your sponges after you use them to for cleaning. According to an article on The New York Times, a study conducted in Germany found that trying to clean your sponge only results in making the bacteria presence worse. But the same author, after more research, published another article which reported that it is still important to clean your sponges regularly. So, it seems the debate is still ongoing. So as of now, it seems the best way to clean a sponge is by microwaving it on high for about a minute to kill the germs, or use SpongeBath, a new tool made from the citric acid that disinfects the sponge.
Hand Towels. Hand towels we hang in the kitchen are another place where bacteria love to hide. It has now become a habit for us to wipe our hands on these kitchen hand towels mindlessly, without thinking much about all the germs we leave on them. Raw eggs from the batter, raw meat juices and even rotting food are some of the most common germ-breeding substances found on kitchen towels. To avoid this, it is recommended that you replace your hand towels twice a week, or even more than that if it is used often. If they are very dirty, wash them in hot soapy water. If you feel that there are a lot of bacteria present, you can even add one teaspoon of bleach into the water.
Knobs and handles. The kitchen has a lot of cupboards and other storage spaces, which means that it obviously comes with several knobs and handles. These can be a hub for all kinds of bacteria as we touch them regularly with our own hands, which are filled with everyday germs themselves. Plus, germs from food in the kitchen also get transferred to these cabinet knobs and handles. To disinfect them, you can mix distilled white vinegar and rubbing alcohol, keep it in a spray bottle, and use it to clean the knobs and handles using a microfiber cloth. The distilled vinegar will do most of the job, killing 98 percent of the germs, and the rest two percent will be taken care of by the alcohol.
Salt and pepper shakers. Surprisingly, salt and pepper shakers carry a lot of nasty germs and bacteria on them. You wouldn’t think they would be so gross, but ask yourself when the last time you cleaned them was. Make sure to wash them when they are empty or wipe them with a wet cloth regularly. These kitchen items are handled every day by everyone in the family, so chances of germs spreading from them are very high.
Refrigerator handles. It’s not completely surprising that the handles of your kitchen refrigerators are filled with germs and bacteria of all kinds. Think about it: you touch them several times a day to check what food you have, or while preparing a meal, which especially makes your own hands filled with bacteria. If possible, wipe your refrigerator handles with a wet cloth every day. Or you could use the same solution mentioned before – white vinegar and rubbing alcohol – to clean them at least twice a week.
Cutting boards. The wood cutting boards you use in the kitchen are found to contain more germs and bacteria than even a toilet seat. Since they are often used for cutting and preparing raw meat on them, they may carry salmonella, which can cause cross contamination. To make sure that your cutting boards are germ-free, immerse them in soapy hot water after every use. If you haven’t been cleaning them, an effective way to disinfect all those germs which have been breeding there is to make a solution of distilled white vinegar, lemon juice and a bit of salt. If you want a more long-term solution, you can opt for plastic cutting boards that can be washed in the dishwasher.
Remote controls. No matter which room of your house they are in, TV remotes carry a heavyweight of germs and bacteria on them as they are handled by different people every day. But, the remote for the kitchen TV collects the most germs as we handle them many times while we are preparing or eating food. To avoid bacteria infestation between the cracks and crevices of your kitchen TV remote, keep it in a ziplock bag and operate it through the bag itself. Remember to change the ziplock bag regularly.
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