What would you guess is the dirtiest room in your house?
Did you guess your bathroom? Nope!
While the bathroom is certainly an excellent breeding ground for all kinds of fun funk, our kitchens are actually the number one place for bacteria and germs to populate.
According to a study by the National Sanitation Foundation(NSF), areas where food is stored or prepared had 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?! YUCK! YUCK! and YUCK!
Yep! 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!!
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!
To properly cleanse your sponges, soak them in a quart of warm water and a half a teaspoon of concentrated bleach or heating damp sponges in the microwave for a minute to kill bacteria.
And always, ALWAYS, thoroughly wash your hands before AND after handling food.
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 regular deep cleaning routine.
And if the idea of all of this funkiness overwhelms you, call your local Two Maids & A Mop location and have them do your dirty work for you!