Kitchen Sink | The Dirtiest Place In Your Home

Published on: 23/12/2020

The dirtiest place inside your home is your kitchen sink and here are the things you need to know.

Here's a surprising fact: the dirtiest place inside your home is not the toilet, it's your kitchen sink. In a study conducted by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), it was found that the kitchen has the most germs among other places inside the home. This is where you can find several types of bacteria such as Salmonella, E.Coli and a whole lot more that lie beneath your kitchen sink, countertops, chopping boards, and other kitchen utensils.

The Bacteria Nest

Even though there is plenty of water running through your kitchen sink, it is brimming with all kinds of bacteria waiting for an opportunity to make your family sick without you even knowing it. In the same study conducted by the NSF where they conducted a detailed swab analysis, it was revealed that more than 75% of dish sponges and rags had E.Coli and Salmonella, while there is only 9% of it on bathroom faucet handles. 

Just think about the things you put in the sink all day. It is not just about the dirty dishes, but there are also bacteria from washing raw meat, poultry, fruits, and vegetables. 

Your kitchen that has warm and moist areas tend to be the best breeding environment for bacteria especially when it's not cleaned as frequently as it should be. This is why it is vital to disinfect different areas of your kitchen before and after every meal preparation. 

Keeping Your Kitchen Sink Clean

Prevent the spread of germs and infection by cleaning your sink regularly. Take note that rinsing it with running water is not enough. Consider adding some anti-bacterial dishwashing liquid to a bowl of warm water, dip a clean sponge or cloth and scrub the sink gently to remove food debris causing bacteria. 

It is also best to use a bleach solution and water once a day and then letting the solution run down the drain, according to the director of Infection Control at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn Eileen Abruzzo. Remember to do the sanitization at least twice a week and dry it with a paper towel or clean cloth after each use.

Apart from the sink, each kitchen appliance that has a control panel or handles must also be cleaned and disinfected with a spray-on disinfectant every after use. Although these places are less-than-obvious for the germs to grow, the NSF found out that these are also the spots that showed the presence of a high number of bacteria.

Proper Hand Washing

The spread of bacteria starts with contact with contaminated people, foods, or other environmental sources. This is why the first thing to do to prevent the spread of germs is to keep your hands clean. 

Cleanliness starts within yourself and the best way to keep your place germ-free is to practice proper hand washing first. Most often, people do not wash their hands when they handle possibly contaminated foods. Little did they know that this could be the main cause of food borne disease.

Proper hand washing is not just as simple as rinsing it with running water and regular soap. To wash your hands properly, you need to rub them with water and anti-bacterial soap. Clean your palms including the top surfaces, between your fingers, and up to the wrists. Wash your hands within 20-30 seconds and rinse them well.

Make sure you protect yourself and your family's health by practicing the proper cleaning of the dirtiest place inside your home.