They say cleanliness is next to godliness. But if you pride yourself on keeping a spotless home, you might want to take a deep breath before you continue.
Because new research out of the University of Arizona has uncovered two disturbing truths.
- Most folks don’t know where the germiest places in their homes are
- Since they don’t know, they aren’t cleaning them
In other words, no matter how good of a housekeeper you are, chances are you’re missing at least a few of the spots that need the most attention.
WARNING: Your kitchen is crawling in bacteria
Following is a countdown of the five FILTHIEST things in your kitchen…
5. Kitchen counter:
Most of us don’t forget to clean our kitchen counters, which is why they come in fifth in this filthy countdown. But they still make the list because we don’t clean wash them often enough, and we usually don’t do it well.
You should be giving your kitchen counters a thorough cleaning at the end of every day. ALWAYS use a fresh rag or sponge. And don’t spray cleaner directly onto the counter surface. This can lead to a buildup which attracts dirt and germs. Spray your cleaner onto your cloth instead.
If it’s in your kitchen and has a handle, chances are that handle is covered in bugs. I’m talking about the refrigerator door handle, the microwave handle, the sink handle, cabinet handles, and even the handles on all your small appliances.
The truth is handles seldom get any attention when we’re cleaning. Which is a problem because when experts test them, they’re often crawling in germs.
In fact, in another recent study when researchers swabbed surfaces in breakroom kitchens, they found high bacteria levels on…
- 75 percent of sink handles
- 48 percent of microwave handles
- 26 percent of refrigerator door handles
You likely don’t even remember the last time you gave the handles in your own kitchen some attention. I know I don’t. But it’s time we both change that. Add them to your regular cleaning routine.
3. Cutting boards:
Unless you’re disinfecting your cutting boards after EVERY single use, that raw chicken you cut up last night will still be lingering as you prep your salad for today’s lunch. And that’s a recipe for disaster, NOT dinner.
And if you’re cleaning them with just dish soap… stop. Microscopic food particles can get trapped in the nicks and cuts on the surface of your cutting boards. Instead, soak them in a mixture of two tablespoons of bleach to one gallon of water to disinfect them. Then rinse them carefully with fresh water and dry them thoroughly with a clean cloth.
2. Kitchen sink:
Most folks are surprised to learn that the second dirtiest place in the kitchen is the sink. They figure since it’s always being exposed to soap and water it just STAYS clean. But that’s simply not true.
Everything in your kitchen typically makes its way into your sink eventually. Which means bacteria from raw meats and fresh vegetables can set up shop there. And that means they can easily contaminate other foods as well as your dishes.
Like the kitchen counter, you’re probably giving the sink a quick rinse whenever you use it. But something this germ-infested requires a deep scrubbing at least once a day. And make sure you’re using a clean sponge or cloth every time.
You might have guessed the filthiest spot in your home would be somewhere in the bathroom. But the truth is it’s more than likely in your kitchen. And it’s the surface of your kitchen sponge.
And kitchen dishcloths and sponges aren’t JUST dirty they’re virtual Petri dishes of bacteria. According to the Arizona study, the average toilet seat has about 50 bacteria in every square inch. But a dishcloth carries ONE MILLION bacteria in every square inch, and a kitchen sponge harbors TEN MILLION per square inch.
In fact, this is a big part of why most kitchen counters and sinks are as filthy as they are. Folks are wiping them down with contaminated sponges.
To kill off those bugs, toss your wet sponge in the microwave on high and zap it for two minutes, at least once a day. At night, run it through the dishwasher. And be sure to replace them frequently.
Make your kitchen as clean as you always THOUGHT it was by cleaning the five filthiest things in your kitchen TODAY.