According to a study by the National Sanitation Foundation(NSF), areas where food is stored or prepared has more bacteria and fecal contamination than any other place in the home. (Yep, you just read the words fecal and food in the same sentence.)
Specifically, the study showed that 45% of kitchen sinks and 18% of cutting boards had Salmonella, E. coli, and fecal matter compared to 9% of the same contaminants found on bathroom faucet handles.
What?! Your kitchen is nastier than your bathroom!
YUCK! YUCK! and YUCK!
So, be sure to use a strong disinfectant to regularly clean your counter tops, sinks, and refrigerator and don’t forget to attack your dish sponges!!
That’s right! The National Sanitation Foundation(NSF) found that 7% of dish sponges and rags were found to carry coli form bacteria, and another 86% contained yeast and mold, while 18% carried creepy staph bacteria which can make you very, very sick!
TIP: To properly cleanse your sponges, soak them in a quart of warm water and a half a teaspoon of concentrated bleach or try heating damp sponges in the microwave for a minute to kill bacteria.
Some of the germiest areas in the kitchen that can make you sick, include vegetable and meat compartments in your refrigerator, rubber spatulas, the rubber gasket on your blender, and your can opener, according to the NSF.
Be sure to clean your appliances after every use and the compartments in your refrigerator monthly (clean immediately if any spills occur). And always, ALWAYS, thoroughly wash your hands before AND after handling food.
UGLY TRUTH: According to the CDC, annually roughly one in six Americans gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and close to 3,000 die of food borne diseases. Use common sense and don’t cross contaminate surfaces.
The only thing you want to be cooking up in the kitchen is your dinner…not bacteria. So be sure to keep these tips in mind for a healthy kitchen area.
And hey, if the idea of all of this funkiness overwhelms you, call your local Two Maids & A Mop location and schedule a time for them to come out and take care of the funk for you!