CNN talked with microbiologist Charles Herba about which corners of our homes hide the largest number of pathogenic bacteria.
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The dirtiest place in the house
The toilet is stereotypically considered the dirtiest place in the house, however, this is not always the case.
There are more fecal bacteria in the kitchen sink than in the toilet after you drain the water,
– says Dr. Gerba.
However, if you wash away the water without closing the lid, the bacteria scatter in all directions and settle on objects, even on toothbrushes, towels and soap.
Often bacteria settle on toothbrushes
Change your towels every three to four days, because a humid environment is great for breeding bacteria. Cold water, by the way, does not neutralize microbes. To really clean the towels, wash them in hot water and dry them well.
Therefore, the dirtiest place in the house is the kitchen, as there are products that can be a source of salmonella or Escherichia coli. In particular, salmonella can be stored on a meat cutting board.
Remember that meat can be a source of E. coli or salmonellosis.
The sink is also dangerous – many people put meat in it to defrost it, washed raw chicken.
How to deal with germs in the kitchen
A microbiologist advises cleaning separate boards and sink bleach. That is why many special tools for the kitchen contain it. You can use the means, or make the solution yourself – mix 1 tbsp. spoon of bleach with 3.8 liters of water.
Such a solution should also clean the floor in the kitchen, enough once a month, but this method will very effectively clean the kitchen of bacteria.
With a weak solution of chlorine, regularly wipe the faucet handles and kitchen surfaces – once a day after cooking.
Maintaining cleanliness in the kitchen, you protect your health
It is worth cleaning the handle of the refrigerator, as they are often touched after cutting meat.
It is also worth paying attention to kitchen sponges and rags, on which a lot of bacteria gather. Change them at least once a week.