6 Germ Hot Spots In Your Kitchen You Should Know AboutDid you know that your kitchen sponge may be harboring harmful bacteria?CREATED WITH JOY
Kitchen cleanliness is key to keeping your family safe from germs, bacteria, and illnesses. After all, we use the kitchen every day to prepare meals. But according to health experts, 9 percent of cases of food-related diseases can be traced back to the home kitchen.
Many tools and spaces in our kitchens can be breeding grounds for germs and harmful bacteria. Some, like the trash bin, can be a little easier to recognize than others. Here are six spots in your kitchen that need a thorough cleaning:
1. Kitchen sponge
Yes, your trusty sponge can also be a source of cross-contamination. This is because sponges are extremely porous and provide lots of damp crevices where disease-causing bacteria and germs can hang out and grow. These can spread to your dishes, cookware, utensils, and hands.
Keep your sponges clean with the help of an antibacterial dishwashing liquid like Joy Antibac.
2. Cutting boards and cooking utensils
Cutting boards and cooking utensils are hot spots for cross-contamination, mostly when we use them for raw and cooked items without disinfecting them.
An infectious disease specialist recommended that cooking utensils such as tongs, forks, spoons, and ladles should be immediately sanitized when used on raw products and meat, especially before using them to transfer or serve food.
The same goes for cutting boards, mainly if you use the same one to prepare meat and vegetables.
3. The sink
We use the sink for many things—washing the dishes, cleaning our hands, defrosting meat, and draining liquid, just to name a few. This means that it gets exposed to lots of germs and bacteria. In a study by Kansas State University, 82 percent of the 123 participants cross-contaminated the sink while preparing food.
To remedy this, give your sink a good scrub down with Joy Antibac, preferably after disposing of the liquid from raw meat or doing the dishes. You should also remember to regularly clean the drain of any food bits or gunk, as these can attract germ-carrying insects and rats to your kitchen.
4. Cloth towels and rubber gloves
Even our cleaning tools need some care! The things we use to keep our kitchen clean—like cloth towels and rubber gloves—can spread the bacteria and germs we worked so hard to remove if we don’t sanitize them.
Switch out your cloth towels regularly and throw them in the laundry. As for the rubber gloves, wash them with soap and water as if you were sanitizing your hands and arms and leave them to dry completely before storing.
5. Handles, knobs, and switches
We touch cabinet and refrigerator handles, light switches, and stove and sink knobs every day, making them high-touch surfaces. Disease-causing bacteria and germs from our hands can quickly transfer to these surfaces and vice versa.
Take a minute or two out of your day to clean them with disinfectant wipes or paper towels and alcohol. When dealing with the refrigerator, you may want to disinfect the sides of the door as well.
Food gunk and oil can accumulate on the microwave walls and harbor bacteria. To remove them, simply mix some water and lemon juice in a cup or small bowl and microwave it for 3 minutes. After letting the microwave rest for another 5 minutes, you can wipe down the microwave sides. Don’t forget to wash the turntable dish with Joy Antibac and a sponge!
Joy Antibac is a dishwashing liquid with antibacterial properties that help prevent bacterial cross-contamination. To fully understand how Joy Antibac helps remove and kill harmful germs, watch Joy’s Bida Safety Tips video.
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