LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Do you think your kitchen is squeaky clean? Not so fast! Moisture and food particles make it the perfect environment for growing germs that can make you sick.
Here's where those germs are hiding and what you can do about it from Woman's Day.
1. Your kitchen sink - There can be millions of disease-causing germs clinging to the sink, the seal of the drain, and the rubber gasket around the garbage disposal. Clean your sink immediately after rinsing raw meat, veggies and pet bowls and once a day even when you don't wash food or pet dishes.
Also change out your dish rags, sponges and dish brushes. These can hold bacteria like E. coli. You can also microwave a damp sponge for two minutes daily to kill bacteria and germs.
2. Your hands - If you've just cracked an egg or handled unwashed produce, raw meat or poultry or pet bowls, your hands can transfer germs to the next surface you touch. So, plan ahead and get out everything you need, like a knife, the cutting board and the pot, so you're not opening cabinet drawers and contaminating surfaces.
3. Your coffee maker - Yeast and mold are growing in about half the coffee pot reservoirs across the country. Once a month, fill the reservoir with vinegar and let it stand for 30 minutes. Run a cycle with the vinegar followed by several clean water cycles.
4. Your handbag, briefcase or computer bag - You set these items on dirty surfaces, then, you toss your bags on the kitchen counter when you get home. Because no product disinfects fabric, keep items you carry daily away from food preparation areas.
5. Your microwave - You'd think the heat kills germs, but your microwave isn't a sterile environment. Wipe it down with a disinfectant inside and out at least once a week.
6. Kitchen handles and knobs - Wipe these down and disinfect them as part of your cleaning routine. Disinfect them monthly.
7. Garbage can - No matter how careful you are, juices and other trash can escape your bag and get inside your can. Once a week, spray your can down with disinfectant and let it sit for a while. Then rinse it out with a hose and let it air dry.
8. Countertops - You may wipe these down, but they still need a disinfecting clean. Always wipe down before and after you prepare raw foods.
(Source: Woman's Day)