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What Needs Cleaned in Your Kitchen?

By Sara Butler

Do you like to keep your kitchen spic and span? Well, the truth of the matter is that your kitchen may not be as clean as you think it is. There are many surfaces in your home that are far dirtier (and grosser!) than you think they are and may be harboring germs that could make you and your family sick. Here are the most germ-filled places in your kitchen and what you can do about them.

The Kitchen Sink

Everything but the … kitchen sink? It turns out that your kitchen sink is pretty dirty. Food residue and moisture stick to every surface in your sink, and every time you use it, you’re just adding more. You need to use a disinfectant on the sink after every use, but you want to use something that is specially made for kitchens. An all-purpose cleaner may not get the job done and get rid of all the things that can lurk in your kitchen sink.

The Garbage Disposal

Piggybacking off the sink, your garbage disposal is also a source of gross stuff. Cleaning your garbage disposal may not be as easy as your sink, though. You should use a brush with an angled head to really get in there and scrub it clean. If you can, take the garbage disposal apart and clean each piece one at a time. You should give it a good scrubbing at least once a month, rinsing thoroughly in between.

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards come into contact with all kinds of things, so it makes sense that they are a magnet for germs. Wooden cutting boards are also very porous, which makes them a breeding ground for bad germs that can make you sick. That’s why plastic cutting boards are recommended since they’re easier to keep clean.

You should use separate cutting boards for raw meat and vegetables all the time, and between uses, you should disinfect them thoroughly by washing it immediately after using it, instead of waiting until the party or meal is over.

Appliance and Cabinet Handles

You come into constant contact with the handles in your kitchen, so it stands to reason that you will need to clean them frequently. Use a cloth you’ve doused with a disinfectant to wipe around and down every single knob and handle in your kitchen. You can’t do this too frequently!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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