It's a real challenge to keep the kitchen clean, and yet it's so important.
Germs are everywhere. These nasty little interlopers stow away in your handbag or briefcase and hitchhike home on raw meats and vegetables.
Since you can't see them, how can you beat them?
You must know where the most significant, germiest bugs lurk, and how to zap them.
One study of the germiest areas of the home found the top 5 areas were in the kitchen: sponges and dishcloths, the sink drain area, the sink faucet handle, cutting boards, and the refrigerator handle.
These kitchen cleaning tips for debugging the top five hot spots can help.
Not only are sponges and dishcloths vast breeding grounds for germs, but when you use them to wipe up countertops and other surfaces, they are perfect germ spreaders.
Disinfect them each and every day. You can simply wash them in the clothes washer (in a separate load from undies, please!), run them through the dishwasher, or microwave them for a few seconds to kill germs.
Disinfect sinks each day. You can actually disinfect your sink, sponges, and dishcloths all at once.
Here's how: Fill the kitchen sink with a basic disinfecting solution (3/4 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of warm water).
Soak sponges and dishcloths for five minutes, and then let the bleachy water run down the drain, This sanitizes the sponges and disinfects the sink and drain area in one easy step.
Wipe down the sink faucet handle daily with a disposable disinfecting wipe, or spray it with a combination cleaner/disinfectant.
For cutting boards and other porous surfaces mix three tablespoons of liquid bleach with 1 gallon of water.
Apply to the surface. Keep the surface wet for two minutes. Rinse with water and let dry.
Kitchen cleaning tips for the refrigerator handle: For fridge handles and other hard, nonporous surfaces, mix one tablespoon of liquid bleach with 1 gallon of water.
Apply to the surface. Keep the surface wet for two minutes. Allow to air-dry. Do not rinse.