Germs in the homeHeres a quiz question for you: Which room in your home is the germiest? Our guess is that many of you would guess the bathroom, but you may not be accurate in that assumption. A study done by the NSF Public Health and Safety Organization revealed in their findings that the kitchen was actually germier in many cases when they tested for salmonella, coliform, yeast, mold and staph. Now, one could argue that the study sample size (22 homes) was quite small, but regardlessit does make us anxious to go home and wipe down our kitchens again just to be safe.

Another recent study done by the same organization tested for the germiest items in the kitchen swabbing for E. coli,Salmonella, yeast and mold, andListeria and found plenty of unsettling information.

So, which kitchen items were germiest?

According to the 2011 study of the germiest items in your home, these kitchen items made the list: Kitchen sponge/rag, kitchen sink, coffee reservoir, kitchen countertop, refrigerator handles, microwave handle, stove knobs and cutting board. The 2013 study also named these: Refrigerator vegetable drawer, refrigerator meat compartment, blender gasket, can opener, rubber spatulas, and food storage containers with rubber lids. To read about the bacteria findings, refer to the 2013 study here.

What to do about it

Now that we know the kitchen is a bacteria party place, its time to take steps toward eliminating them. Make sure you thoroughly clean areas of your kitchen that come in contact with food, hands and water for starters. You can find tips here. And make sure youre not making things worse by using a dirty sponge to clean them. Switch to dishrags, which can be machine washed, or clean your sponges regularly (many can go in the dishwasher or in the microwave for a couple minutes while wet).

You can also prevent bacteria buildup by choosing your kitchen materials wisely in your next remodel. Quartz tops are nonporous and dont need to be sealed, and sealed granite countertops are also quite reliable. Stainless steel is another nonporous material that looks stylish in kitchens, and as a bonus, it has naturally antimicrobial properties. In addition, touch faucets are now available for sinks, which helps reduce lever contamination. Every little bit helps!

If youd like more ideas for keeping your Orlando kitchen materials hygienic and low maintenance, contact us.

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