Even the cleanest kitchen has germs.
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When researchers from NSF International, a non-profit public health and safety organization, asked 20 families to swab 14 different kitchen items they found some surprising items were contaminated with various combinations of foodborne illness-causing germs such as E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria and mold and yeast. This is a health hazard that’s common in households across the country. 21 percent of cases of foodborne illness are actually due to food consumed in private homes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some of the worst germ breeding grounds that are actually dirtier than a toilet seat!
Be honest: when was the last time you cleaned this, if ever?
De-gunk it: Remove the knives, then turn the block upside down to shake out crumbs. (You can also use a can of compressed air, like a computer keyboard cleaner.) Wash the block in hot soapy water and get in the slots with a small brush, like the kind designed to clean baby bottle nipples. To sanitize, soak the block in a mixture of one gallon of lukewarm tap water and 1 tablespoon of 5.25 percent household bleach, or just fill the knife slots with the mixture. Let it sit for one minute, then rinse thoroughly with clean tap water and place upside down to dry. Avoid germ buildup by washing knives and letting them dry completely before you put them back in the block. Another place that holds a lot of germs, your phone screen. Here is how dirty it actually is.