Health and Wellness
When most people think of the "Dirtiest Place In the House", usually the toilet comes into their minds.
While it is true that toilets are filled with germs, there's another place in your home that's even more infested-- the kitchen. Why else do you think kitchen cleaning is extremely important?
According to a study made by Dr. Charles Gerba from the University of Arizona (a.k.a. Dr. Germ), the kitchen has more germs than the toilet has and four of our most used kitchen appliances are guilty of carrying an army of germs. Here are four of the most contaminated kitchen materials found in our homes according to Dr. Germ.
1. The Sponge
The first one on the list is the sponge. This is probably the most contaminated kitchen tool on the list. The sponge itself is a great breeding ground for bacteria because it stays moist all the time. In a short survey made by Dr. Germ, he found that in 1,000 sponges, 10% had E. Coli growing on them. The rest had other types of fecal based bacteria breeding.
Dr. Germ suggests that you put your sponge in your microwave to kill the bacteria. For dishcloths, it is recommended that you change it after using.
2. The Sink
The second on the list is the sink. Since the sink also stays moist most of the time, bacteria tend to thrive there. This is especially true if you leave your raw meat on the sink. Sinks are great breeding grounds for E. Coli because of its wet environment and endless supply of food that comes from the residues of the dishes we wash.
If you want to lessen the volume of bacteria growing on the sink, then you need to thoroughly clean it and observe proper kitchen hygiene. Two of the most effective kitchen cleaning methods to eliminate bacteria is through acidic substances such as vinegar and lemon juice, or hot steam.
3. The Water
If you think that your kitchen water can cleanse your kitchen tools effectively, you might want to think again. Dr. Germ also mentions in his study that tap water also contains a significant volume of bacteria. He also stated that Arizona has the largest number of ground water wells that are not filtered.
With this, Dr. Germ recommends that tap water be treated before being used or being drunk.
4. The Cutting Board
The last one on the list is the cutting board. Dr. Germ states that "it is safer to make a salad on a toilet seat than it is to make one on a cutting board." This goes to show how dirty your ordinary cutting board is. It's no surprise because that's where we put our raw meat and raw meat contains 200 times more fecal bacteria than a toilet seat. Raw meat even carries two dangerous strains of harmful bacteria known as salmonella and campylobacter with the second one being a very big factor in most food poisoning cases.
Dr. Germ recommends that you must always buy your cutting boards in a set where one is used for meat and one is used for vegetables and fruits. This prevents cross contamination.
For total kitchen cleanliness, we recommend our Phytoncide Antibacterial Chopping Board. Our cutting board follows the concept of Dr. Germ's kitchen hygiene recommendation which is why we sell our boards in a set. One board for seafood, one board for meat, and one board for fruits and vegetables. Our Phytoncide board also has antibacterial properties that can allow for total elimination of bacteria by heat.
Since the kitchen is the place where our food and beverages are being made, then it must be kept clean at all cost. Although it may look spotless from the surface, bacteria tend to hide in the above mentioned places. To completely keep your kitchen from bacteria infestation, always clean these four materials very well. Always prioritize kitchen hygiene when it comes to kitchen cleaning.
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