The kitchen is always the center of activity for most houses, especially in the summer when kids are running in and out or when you’re prepping for another BBQ night. But did you know that your kitchen can be a place where bacteria congregate as well?
A recent study shows that 49% of the kitchen towels they tested had some type of bacteria growth and the longer you use a towel without washing it, this percentage increases. Simply being aware that your kitchen towel can be germ-infested makes you want to wash them more often, and we recommend adding a small amount of bleach to your washer before turning the washer on.
I often hear questions about how often you should wash your kitchen towels, especially knowing that they can be gross and potentially harboring all kinds of bacteria, including e coli. If you’re handling raw meat like chicken or beef, wash your kitchen towels immediately after use or better yet, use a paper towel after handling meat. If you’re just washing your hands with soap and water before you wipe your hands on the towel then it’s probably ok to let that towel linger for a week. A month is way too long to go before washing kitchen towels.
Besides the kitchen towels, there are several other spots in the kitchen which you might not realize germs are lurking, such as your electric can opener. There can be a lot of build up and grime on the circular part that cuts into the can. Just hold it under warm soapy water and use a clean, stiff toothbrush to scrub it.
Another area to consider is the back of the door handle on your refrigerator. As we’re cooking and have stuff on our hands we’re grabbing the door to open it for that ingredient we forgot. We usually remember to wipe the front of the handle, but the back is where grime can lurk. Also, the rubber strip around the perimeter of the inside of the door can be an area where all sorts of things grow. These are great spots to hit with a spray of your favorite cleaner then wipe down. And don’t forget the bins where you store meat—wipe those out periodically.
Other areas you might not realize are breeding grounds for bacteria include the ice bin. Think about all those little hands that are constantly reaching into the bin to grab some ice. And all those handles that never get wiped down, like the coffee pot handle or drawer knobs. Don’t forget to cycle your sponge out frequently. You can microwave a wet sponge for a minute to kill bacteria, but you’ll need to get a new one every month or so.
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