Kitchen dirt does not always lurk where you believe.
NSF International, a public health and safety organization, conducted a study asking them where most pathogens are in the kitchen. The answers that contained places like microwave buttons were mostly wrong.
About microwaves: "These keyboards are smooth and germinate like cracks and crevices," says Lisa Yakas, microbiologist at NSF International. Where is the gnarly stuff hiding?
The base of your mixer
The rubber seal that sits under the pitcher and forms a watertight seal? Yes, it has made the top three of the NSF rankings and was positive for Salmonella E. Coli Yeast and mold. "People do not take the mixer apart to wash it after each use," says Yakas. Even mixers with a "clean" function only rinse the launcher, not the base.
This block of knives
The slots would be rated five stars for an AirBNB ̵
Your rubber spatula
These innocuous tools have emerged E. coli Yeast and mold – but only if they were made up of two parts (wooden handle and removable rubber head). Like blenders, Yakas says, people do not take them for cleaning, and bacteria live and grow inside. If you do not like the idea of cleaning your spatula pieces, stick with a spatula made from a single piece of silicone as GIR.
Wait, right? cleaning yourself As with your bathtub (yes, you also seem to need to clean it), scrubbing removes minerals or grease over time and helps prevent mildew, says Sansoni. Many manufacturers of dishwashers now make detergents that you can throw into the unit and run once a month. (Bonus: This will keep your machine longer). Otherwise, he recommends scrubbing the rubber seal with a toothbrush, wiping the remaining crumbs with a damp cloth, pulling out the racks, and checking the drain for stuck food or other obstructions.
These crisper drawers
NSF tests uncovered Salmonella Listeria E. coli Yeast and mold in refrigerator meat and vegetable drawers. Remove the entire drawer and wash it with warm water and some detergent, says Yakas. Often the container bottoms are structured and germs adhere to these nooks and crannies.