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Germ’s Paradise – Your Kitchen

We’re not germaphobes here at Englund Construction, but we know that if left unattended, certain microbes can make your family sick. This is especially true this time of the year when our immune systems are doing their best to deal with the constant bombardment of new strands of colds, flus, and diseases each day.

When we think of the grossest (germiest) and dirtiest rooms in our homes, oftentimes the kitchen gets overlooked. Whether your believe it or not, the kitchen is most likely the most germ-ridden place in your home. There is typically more traffic in the kitchen, and new germy items get introduced everyday.

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From the countertop to your fridge, germs can flourish, building their own colonies right before your eyes. Below we’ve outlined some of the biggest germ hang outs and how you can keep those areas/items clean:

Kitchen Sink Drain. The drain in your kitchen sink is a catch-all for all of the items you don’t want hanging around. Regularly scrubbing the drain with a mix of detergent and disinfectant can help keep it clean. There are typically a lot of nooks and crannies in this area along the rim and down inside the folds of the disposal rubber, so using a smaller scrubber, like an old toothbrush can help keep the buildup on those areas to a minimum.

Blender Gasket. Your blender can be a tricky item to clean. Depending on how often you use it, the whole thing should be taken apart and washed separately. Liquids can easily get in between the gasket and mold can grow.

Faucet Handle. The faucet on your kitchen sink gets touched by dirty hands more than you would probably like to think about. After the dishes are done each evening the faucet (and whole sink) should be wiped down.

Refrigerator Compartments. The compartments for meat and vegetables can get really grimy quickly. Each month or so remove the compartments of your fridge and wash them with a mild detergent and warm water. Dry them completely before putting everything back together.

Sponge. Sponges soak up everything, including bacteria. Disinfecting your sponge every single time it is used is very important. Sponges are a breeding ground. For nonabrasive, cellulose sponges, you can put them in the microwave (while they’re damp) and heat it on high for two minutes (keep an eye on it, and be careful when removing it as it will be really hot). Other types of sponges can be put in the dishwasher, but all should be replaced every few months, depending on how much they are used (and what for).