The kitchen is often the center of activity and the most used area of the house. It’s usually where food is stored, prepared and eaten. Thus, because of all these activities, it is a hotbed for germs and dirt. But while most homemakers spend a lot of time wiping, dusting, washing and disinfecting this area, you would be surprised that there are still items that are often overlooked by even the most obsessive-compulsive person. Here are 7 kitchen items that usually escape the purge:
1. Kitchen sponges
Just because you use it to clean does not mean it is free from germs. On the contrary, germs love hiding out here. It’s always wet, has lot of hard-to reach tiny nooks which can easily catch food particles that germs love. So the next time you do a load of dishes, throw in those sponges too. You can also put them in high heat inside a microwave and zap those germs.
Have you tried reaching under the blade of the blender? If you have, you know that there are just areas that are almost impossible to reach. Washing the blender in hot water is often not enough. Read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean it thoroughly. Usually they recommend disassembly of the parts. Wash each part separately and then dry them thoroughly before you assemble it back. Germs love moist and dark areas, so make sure that there are no trapped moisture.
It’s a common misconception that bacteria and germs don’t grow in cold environment. Although most of them will not thrive, there are still some hardy types who persist despite the adversity. Plus, there is always the danger of introducing bacteria from the food that you just unloaded from the grocery. To prevent this, wash and clean the meat and vegetable drawer with soap and water once a week. If the odor persists, use a solution of baking soda and water.
4. Coffee makers
The water basket can be a breeding ground of germs because its constantly dark and moist. Homemakers usually don’t bother cleaning this because they believe the high heat generated in making coffee will kill them. The best way to clean coffee makers is to stand white vinegar in the water basket for half an hour. Then turn it on and let the vinegar drip out. Then run water the same way to get rid of the smell of vinegar and to prevent its contamination into your coffee.
5. Lids of food containers
While the rubber seal keep the food warm, they also have grooves that are perfect hiding places for germs and molds. Always wash the lid and the container. If washing by hand, run over the grooves to clean it.
6. Drawer for the kitchen utensils
Some kitchen utensils, like the spatula, have hard-to-reach areas. So when you store them in the drawer, they carry with it the bacteria that was not washed away and risk contaminating the other utensils. Regularly clean the drawer, reaching all the sides, then drying them thoroughly before returning it.
7. Can openers
It has a lot of gears with small crevices that can easily hide food particles. Use a toothbrush to reach these hiding places.
The next time you clean the kitchen and the items therein, take the time to clean these kitchen items that usually serve as germs’ refuge.