Bacteria in the Kitchen
When cleaning your house we automatically assume the bathroom is where bacteria lingers the most. But the kitchen carries just as many nasty germs as does the bathroom. Here are 6 surprising areas that bacteria lingers and what you can do to get rid of them.
Kitchen Sink: Dishes soaking or being rinsed in the sink can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria such as, E. coli and salmonella. The sink can be one of the dirtiest areas in your home. To clean you sink naturally with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Sprinkle the baking soda into the drain and then pour the vinegar into the drain. Let it sit for about 10 mins and then rinse. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleach and can be used as well. It is recommended to let whatever solution you use to sit for a while to kill the most bacteria as possible.
Sponges: Sponges or dish rags, especially when wet are a breeding ground for bacteria. Pour straight vinegar with a bit of dish soap in a bowl and let the sponge sit for about 5 minutes and then put it in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
Dishrags: It is recommended that a dishrag be changed daily or at least once a week. If realistic for your household, have a number of dishrags available to use. You can use a new one each day or every other day.
Kitchen Counter: Your counters carry a number of different forms of bacteria. Often bacteria forms on the counter from using a dirty rag or sponge that has germs on them. Use a clean cloth with a vinegar and dish soap solution and the dry immediately. Leaving your counter wet will attract germs as well.
Salt and Pepper Shakers: Who would have thought that S & P Shakers, according to various research, is one of the dirtiest places in your home. Therefore, when wiping off the table be sure to include those shakers. Also, washing your hands before and after a meal will help too.
Cutting Boards: Cutting boards due to moisture and the various foods used on them is a perfect place for bacteria. If possible it is recommended that you use one cutting board for raw meats and another for fruits and vegetables. Use a solution of vinegar and baking soda and then dry immediately will keep the it free of bacteria.