Whilst you can get friendly bacteria, there are some nasty bacteria’s sticking to any surface they can stick to and unfortunately, they love to make themselves at home right in the kitchen. This room of the house is where you need to be more careful when food is involved and you wipe down the surfaces as well as you can but sometime, it’s just enough.
Would you chop your vegetables on your toilet seat? A very unusual question but I think most people would reply with a firm ‘no’ but if you read on, you might want to re-think that answer.
According to Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona (aka, Dr. Germ) there are 200x more faecal bacteria on the average kitchen chopping board than on a toilet seat.
Yes, you read that right - 200x more!
Would you still be inclined to chop your food on the toilet then? Probably not.
That’s probably the grossest part of this blog so if your stomach can handle it, read on for more information on bacteria riddled places in your kitchen.
Kitchen surfaces tend to be one of the dirtiest areas with 488 numbers of bacteria per square inch and the average kitchen sink having almost 18,000 numbers of bacteria per square inch according to WebMD Health News. People tend to wipe them down with sponges and cloths which harbour just as much bacteria which is a big no, no. The best way is to wipe them down with a disinfectant and dry it up with paper towels as they absorb most of the moisture and you can quickly throw them out.
As for the fridge, a half opened can of beans; a leaky meat package and spoiled milk perish quickly. So it is hardly a surprise that a host of potentially dangerous levels of bacteria such as E.Coli, salmonella, campylobacter, and norovirus, which can all cause upset stomach and diarrhoea, have been found lurking in the average domestic fridge. Wiping the shelves down with a disinfectant will minimise the amount of bacteria in the fridge but it’s also a satisfying feeling knowing that your food is safe to eat!
It is also advisable to move the food around to ensure it all gets eaten (and seen!) before it goes out of date. And if it is out of date, chuck it.
It’s no wonder that people get seriously ill from bacteria infestation when food is involved, especially when most of the time it can be prevented or chances can be minimized through thorough cleaning. Good cleaning practise doesn’t take much effort and can really save your chances of you or others becoming seriously sick. Are you doing your part on thorough cleaning?