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The Dirtiest Things in Your Kitchen You Aren’t Cleaning But Should Be

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The kitchen is the heart of your home and a place to make memories with loved ones over laughter and delicious home-cooked meals. Everyone cleans their kitchen as part of the daily routine, but have you stopped to really take a hard look at where dangerous germs could be hiding?

Countertops, hard surfaces, the stove, and your table are all areas that typically see a regular scrubbing, but there are several other extremely dirty things in your kitchen that deserve your attention! To help you keep your kitchen in top shape and to protect your family from nasty, lurking microbes, we’ve put together a list of things in the kitchen that you may not be cleaning, but you definitely should!

Refrigerator Crispers

Most people store their fresh fruits and veggies in the drawer of the fridge, but deep-cleaning the refrigerator is likely a task you only tackle every few months. Unfortunately, this spot is one of the top places for bacteria to hide in the kitchen! From salmonella and listeria to yeast and mold, the veggie drawer is a breeding ground for microbes that can make the whole family sick. To stay on top of it, wash the bins in the refrigerator monthly with water and a mild detergent.

Rubber Seals in Small Appliances

From your kitchen blender to storage containers for your leftovers, anything that uses a rubber seal has the potential to harbor bacteria if they are not properly cared for. To get these items clean, first check to see if they are dishwasher safe. If so, you can run them through on the top rack after every use, or just scrub them with hot water and soap.

Kitchen Sinks

Would you be appalled to hear that the kitchen sink can harbor more fecal bacteria than a flushed toilet? Well, that’s the reality with this vital kitchen feature, so keeping it clean is a top priority for food safety! Scrub it down with hot water after every use, especially if it has been exposed to raw meat, and wipe it down with a disinfectant wipe daily to keep germs at bay.

Cutting Boards

Like your kitchen sink, cutting boards are a hot-spot for coliform bacteria. In fact, they can be home to 200 times more of this dangerous microbe than a toilet seat! To help minimize your exposure to these harmful bacteria, use designated cutting boards for meat, veggies, and poultry. They should also be run through the dishwasher after each use or disinfected with a kitchen cleaner or bleach to eliminate lingering problems.

Rubber Spatulas

You might not consider your basic rubber spatula as a kitchen danger, but studies have shown otherwise. Compared to other spatulas, rubber products can be 36% more likely to contain E. coli and 43% more likely to hold onto mold and yeast. So whatever you do, don’t neglect scrubbing, disinfecting, and thoroughly drying this kitchen tool after every use!

Coffee Pots

A strong cup of coffee might be a morning necessity, but you could be getting more than you bargained for if you neglect to deep clean your coffee pot! An ideal location for mold and yeast to growth, coffee pot water reservoirs are one of the most forgotten things when it comes to kitchen cleaning. This is even more true if you have a modern, pod coffee maker! Follow manufacturer instructions for regular deep cleaning of your coffee pot, and make sure it is kept dry and aired out between uses.

There’s no question that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house, and it should be a place that is functional, clean, and safe! By putting in a little extra effort and looking beyond the obvious, you can stay on top of unpleasant bacteria and other microbes that can cut into the safety and enjoyment you get from your home’s kitchen.

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