I often blog about what to eat, what not to eat, what exercises to do, and how to cook. Today’s blog is about the dirtiest spots in the average kitchen. I almost didn’t share this article, but then I thought to myself “we use our kitchen to support our healthy lifestyle… why not!?” After reading this article, I bet you will be heading to your kitchen to do some cleaning in some spots you never really thought about cleaning…
I found this article on Organic Authority’s website, which I highly recommend for all types of health related information. You can find the original article HERE.
THE DIRTIEST PLACES IN YOUR KITCHEN
1. Vegetable Compartment in the Refrigerator
Because of all the veggies that visit this compartment weekly, this compartment was found to contain listeria and salmonella. Be sure to wash this compartment with soap and water monthly. Organic Authority also recommends storing your veggies above your raw meats.
2. Meat Compartment in the Refrigerator
Once again, this compartment is likely to house bacterias! Be sure to clean this container monthly, at minimum.
3. Blender Gasket
This is the rubber part of the blender at the bottom where it seals the blender. This study found yeast, mold, E. coli, and salmonella. Gross! To avoid these awful germs, authorities recommend disassembling your entire blender before cleaning to clean the hard to reach places.
4. Can opener
I have to be honest, I don’t know the last time I cleaned my can opener. Because this is used to open foods off all shapes and sizes, this utensil should be rinsed with soapy water every time you use it!
5. Rubber spatula
If your spatula can disassemble into handle and spatula, watch out! Be sure to take apart your spatula each time you use it to be sure it is entirely clean. If cleaned improperly, this too can house yeast, mold, and E. coli.
6. Water Dispenser in the Refrigerator
Because of the amount of moisture constantly living in this compartment, mold grows all to easily. It is recommend that you clean your dispenser by running a water and vinegar solution through the dispenser, a “how to” you can find in your refrigerator manual.
7. Ice Dispenser in the Refrigerator
This too is moist and an easy place for mold to grow. To clean this compartment, turn off the ice, pull out the ice container and clean with hot soapy water, and allow it to dry completely before putting it back in the freezer.
8. Knife Block
If you do not wash and DRY your knives properly, your knife block can grow some nasty mold in the tiny slots. Be sure to clean knives in hot water and allow them to dry standing up and dry completely before putting them back in the knife block. You can also clean the knife block by cleansing with hot soapy water and letting it dry upside completely.
9. Rubber Seals on Food Storage Containers
We probably all have wonderful storage containers that have a rubber seal or some difficult groove to reach at the top of the container. Be sure to clean these containers completely and dry them before putting away!
After reading this article, I am thankful I clean my kitchen as often as I do. When you use your kitchen as often as most of us do, you want to be sure you are cleaning food and containers properly so that the healthy food you are consuming does not contain unwanted germs and dangerous bacterias.