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Do you regularly clean these germ hotspots in your home?

January 11, 2017 2:44 pm

Most of us believe that the toilet is the dirtiest object in the house, but evidence suggests it is actually the kitchen sink! Why? Because the bacteria that can cause food poisoning can thrive in here and the area is constantly in use from food preparation and ‘danger’ foods such as raw chicken and other uncooked meats.

So what are the three biggest germ hotspots in the house – and are you deep cleaning them regularly?

1. The kitchen sink – with millions of bacteria in the drains!

Remember, everything gets tossed into the sink, which is also a wet environment and ideal for bacterial growth. Spray it every night with disinfectant and allow it to sit. You can also refresh it with a bleach and water soak for a couple of minutes.

2. Cleaning cloths and sponges

The irony! The things you use to clean your kitchen and bathroom are likely to be very germ-ridden. Make sure you throw them into the dishwasher every couple of days – or immediately after a cloth or sponge touches raw food. You can also kill bacteria by putting a sponge in the microwave for two minutes.

3. Chopping boards

Again, because you prep raw meat on chopping or cutting boards, they tend to become hothouses of germs, especially where the knife makes tiny nicks in the surface that are difficult to clean. Use one board for meat and fish and another for vegetables and dry produce. Make sure you wash them carefully after each use – wooden blocks by hand and plastic and glass in the dishwasher. Applying a coat of mineral oil periodically also helps to seal cuts and cracks.

If you find that you simply don’t have the time to keep on top of deep clean efforts in your home, then why not consider a professional domestic cleaning service to take the job off your hands entirely and ensure that everything is left clean, sanitary and sparkling? Contact us today!