Have you ever watched one of the restaurant makeover shows and seen all of the places that the restaurant employees didnâ€™t clean? Well hereâ€™s some news. There may be places in your own kitchen that are almost as bad.
Since my kids have been doing my kitchen a lot lately, there are probably places in my kitchen that are worse. Talk about kitchen nightmares!
Here are five places in your kitchen that may be bacteria infested.
How many times have you reached for the sponge, wrung it out in hot, soapy water, and wiped down the counters? Well, the water that you rinse the sponge (or cloth) in is definitely not hot enough to kill bacteria, so you are actually spreading the bacteria from surface to surface. Boil, wash in hot water, or toss the sponge in the dishwasher to keep it germ free.
Microwave Touch Pad
Oops. Nearly everyone in the house uses the microwave. If you have been working with raw meat then use the microwave without washing your hands first, you transfer germs. Letâ€™s not even think about what our children may have on their hands.
The Kitchen Sink
The sink in the kitchen has more germs than the bathroom. Letâ€™s just not think about this, o.k.?
The Faucet Spigot
Letâ€™s say you are rinsing chicken breast before you cook it. As you run it under the water there are droplets that splash back up on the spigot carrying bacteria with them. Next your child comes a long and you turn the faucet on and give her a glass of water. The germs get rinsed into the glass.
Reusable grocery bags, mail, books and purses should never be set on the counter. Why? Well, you set your purse on grocery carts, take it into the public restroom, and give it many other opportunities to invite a variety of germs into your kitchen. The same goes for anything else. You donâ€™t know where that mail has been!
Are you careful about germs in the kitchen, or does this seem a little over the top?
photo credit:Â Jupshaw Upshaw