Kitchen is a perfect place in home for germs to breed because there high humidity can be caused by water vapor and smoke produced during cooking of food. In such an environment, some kitchen utensils can be contaminated too due to frequent contact by family members. What’s worse, you probably forget to clean some certain parts of these appliances, which will unsurprisingly make your kitchen a germy world. Now, let’s take an inventory of the most common spots in kitchen you forget to clean in spring cleaning.
A knife is an essential tool used in food preparation. So, you should buy a set of knives especially when you are setting up a kitchen. Since all family members may use it from time to time, bacteria can pass from their hands to knife handles, in particular the wooden ones. Although you always remember to clean it after the use, unfortunately a lot of you just focus on the blade instead of the handle. In this case, the bacteria grow so fast that they can spread to the cutting edge very soon. So, it is very important to clean the whole knife.
Spatulas are available with different handles made from different materials, such as bamboo, wood, silicone, stainless steel, and so on. Since spatula is one of essential kitchen utensils, it runs into the same problem with knife – you tend to clean the blade while inadvertently ignoring the handle. As a result, it gives opportunities for germs to grow and thrive since the handle is often greasy and held by everyone’s hands.
If you get used to put used dishes in the sink, it will become a potential breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria. Unlike visible dirt and dust, residual bacteria will survive there even though you think you have cleaned the sink thoroughly. As you know, simple washing can’t kill them all.
Instead, you should clean it first with soap and water, followed by diluted bleach solutions or all-purpose cleanser containing bleach. By the way, don’t forget to wait at least five minutes before you rinse cleanser off. In addition, if you make a disinfectant pour it into the sink and let it flow to clean the drains. Finally, remember to thoroughly clean the sink by using hot water.
The use of detergents is for decontamination. However, it is an irony that detergent bottles can harbor thousands of infection-causing bacteria since you transfer bacteria to them by touching them with your fingers, especially when yours are not sanitized. So don’t forget about this hidden nook when you are going to give your spring cleaning another go.
Since normally an automatic faucet will not installed at home, the growth of the bacteria on the hands will certainly cause danger to the faucet. Usually antibacterial wipes can be used daily to reduce the amount of bacteria. But you may need a few pieces of them to ensure the result.
When you wash vegetables like lettuce and spinach for dinner, the dirt is very likely to splash onto the faucet extender, which therefore makes bacterial populations evolve. The solution is to dismount the faucet extender and wash it with hot soapy water before the rinse and reinstallation.
Sponges, cloths and chopping boards are notorious for being havens for bacteria, viruses, and other germs. A study conducted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) found that dishcloths are the germiest item in your kitchen. In fact, the germs found in dish cloths are more than 150 times of that on the toothbrush. Once you use it, it will be stained with the germs since you won’t disinfect it every time. Of course, the vast majority of the bacteria do not cause the disease. However, some of them, such as Salmonella and E. coli bacteria, can cause very serious diseases. The best way for handling bacterial dish cloth is to microwave it for two minutes on daily basis. In addition, don’t forget to change a new one every two weeks.
Buttons of various kitchen utensils
Many family kitchen appliances, for example gas stoves, rice cookers and microwave oven, come with a variety of buttons. Since you have to touch these buttons to make these machines run, the transferred germs will thus live on to multiply. So, pay attention to clean and disinfect the buttons too.
Because the kitchen knives are something far away from your mouth, it is understandable that you may think they are unworthy of your attention. However, sometimes the consequence of dirty knife block can be even worse. So, it is a good idea to regularly clean and disinfect knife block to prevent the breeding of bacteria on knives.