We all know we should wash the dishes and wipe down the counter after each meal, but there are quite a few places in our kitchens that get missed. Here’s a list of the five dirtiest places in the kitchen we should all be cleaning regularly.
Believe it or not, your kitchen sink might be the germiest place in your house. When bits of food end up in the sink after rinsing plates, etc., they can be a breeding ground for bacteria like E. coli and salmonella – yuck! Most of us rinse the sink with water, but it really needs wiped out regularly with an antibacterial cleaner. Make sure to put your sink strainers in the dishwasher regularly, too, to be sure they are getting clean.
Dish Cloth, Sponge or Brush
This is one of my biggest pet peeves – the stanky dish cloth! When you don’t wash them often enough, you’re really just smearing all that nasty bacteria that builds up on them all over your dishes. Who wants that? Cloths should be changed daily and laundered. Sponges should be replaced every few days, or put it damp in the microwave for 2 minutes to kill bacteria. Put dish brushes in the dishwasher every time you run it.
Microwave, Stove and Oven Knobs and Buttons
These places might not look dirty, but you likely touch them multiple times a day, spreading germs from your hands and other places in the kitchen. Many stove knobs are removable – just pull them off and wash them in the dishwasher. Wipe down button key pads with a disinfectant every time you wipe down your counters.
Draw Pulls and Fridge/Freezer Handles
Similar to the knobs and buttons, we touch drawer pulls and handles every day, but rarely (if ever) think to clean them. At a minimum, clean these places once a month, or as part of your regular cleaning routine.
Even though it’s covered in a garbage bag, it’s likely that food particles are still making their way onto your garbage can causing bacteria and mold growth. Spray it down once a week with a disinfectant, then rinse outside with a garden hose or in your shower.
Have other tips for dirty places that need a regular cleaning? Share them in the comments below!