To any mom, it is only but natural to want the cleanest, safest and healthiest food for your family. However, you could already - unwittingly - be exposing your family to harmful bacteria.
You may or may not know it yet, but some of the dirtiest things in your kitchen are actually those that come in contact with your food or those you use in preparing food for your family and kids.
The good news is that with proper maintenance and a good cleaning routine, you can keep germs and food-borne diseases at bay. We rounded up some of the dirtiest things in your kitchen.
1. Chopping boards
Because bacteria like salmonella and E.coli can contaminate uncooked meat, fish and poultry, it’s important to keep clean the accessories we use with them all the time.
According to a study conducted by microbiologist Dean Cliver from the University of California, who studied the behavior of bacteria on different chopping board surfaces, your best bet for the least bacteria contamination is a wooden chopping board.
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Says Cliver, "It's a very porous material and the fluid is drawn into the wood by capillary action. If there are bacteria in the fluid, they go in and they never come back alive. [The bacteria] die off slowly. It may take a few hours, but all the same, they aren't in a position to cause any trouble."
Plastic chopping boards, as well as marble ones fared weak in the experiment because bacteria can breed in the cuts left by knives.
Regardless what type you use, you can keep plastic chopping boards clean by spraying it with a mist of vinegar, followed by diluted bleach or hydrogen peroxide. For wooden chopping boards, you can just give it a good scrub. Use anti-bacterial soap and wipe it down with a clean dish rag.