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The Dirtiest Spots in Your Kitchen

January 31, 2018

The kitchen is the heart of the home, where most of us spend the majority of our time. Whether we’re cooking, eating, or spending time with the family, many activities take place in the kitchen. However, did you know that some spots in your kitchen are home to more than just your family?

Some spots in the kitchen play host to millions of bacteria that can cause the spread of illness. In some cases, certain parts of your kitchen can carry more bacteria than a toilet seat! If you don’t keep on top of cleaning these areas, you could be allowing your kitchen to be taken over by harmful bacteria, dirt and grime.

Read our blog for help identifying the dirtiest spots in your kitchen, and tips for how to tackle them with natural cleaning products. 

 

Countertops

Imagine all the items you dump on your countertops throughout the day. From shopping bags to raw food items, from post and money to your handbag, all these things have the potential to carry harmful bacteria. And unfortunately, when they come into contact with the countertop, they stay there.

Natural cleaning tip: Dust a damp Kitchen Cloth with bicarb. Rub the cloth across the surface of the countertop to work up dirt, grime and bacteria. It’s always a good idea to give a swipe with a clean cloth after to lift up any bicarb that may be left behind.

 

Sink

When you think of everything that comes in contact with your kitchen sink, it’s easy to believe that it can be teeming with bacteria. It’s where we wash cutting boards after coming into contact with raw meat, and where we rinse off produce that can be carrying bacteria. Sinks are also typically quite wet, which makes them the perfect breeding ground for these harmful bacteria.

Natural cleaning tip: Simpy slice a lemon in half and sprinkle salt on the exposed citrus flesh. All it takes is a thorough scrub with some elbow grease, gentle squeezing the lemon as you go. Top up with salt as needed, then follow with our Wash & Wipe Kitchen Cloths to lift up bacteria and germs.

 

Refrigerator drawers

“Stay-fresh” drawers in the fridge are where we tend to store items like fresh produce and raw meat. Produce is often tossed into the drawer without being washed, which means the different bacteria living on the surface are free to breed in the drawer. The outside of meat packaging can also be covered in harmful bacteria. This means you should regularly clean your refrigerator drawers to avoid the spreading of germs.

Natural cleaning tip: Combine 1-part apple cider vinegar with 9-parts water in a spray bottle. Remove the drawers from the refrigerator and spray the solution on the inside and outside. Work the solution into the surface with a Fresh Mesh Pad to remove dirt, film and bacteria.

 

Refrigerator handle

Your refrigerator handle can be almost as dirty as the refrigerator doors. The transfer on germs on our hands is one of the fastest ways to spread bacteria, and the refrigerator door is touched by many hands on a daily basis.

Natural cleaning tip: Once you’ve cleaned your refrigerator drawers, you can use your apple cider solution again to clean the door handle. Thoroughly rinse your Fresh Mesh Pad with hot water before following the same steps to clean the door handles.

 

Light switch

Another kitchen spot which is constantly coming into contact with hands is the light switch. Light switches throughout the house can all be hotbeds for bacteria, but tie in the raw food and other bacteria in the kitchen that your hands come into contact with, and you can see how the kitchen light switch is most likely one of the dirtiest in the home!

Natural cleaning tip: Combine equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle for a perfect, natural cleaning product. Spray the solution onto a General Purpose Cloth (avoid spraying the solution directly onto the light switch so that you don’t cause an electrical risk) and scrub the light switch and plate. Leave the solution on the surface to work its magic for a few minutes before wiping away with a clean, slightly damp cloth.