When was the last time you called a professional kitchen cleaning company, to help you in kitchen cleaning? You may remember the date, but I am sure that you don’t remember them telling you that there are several hot spots in your kitchen that are vulnerable to the infestation of germs. Let it be, I’ll tell you about the top 7 kitchen hot spots that mostly contains harmful germs. Read on and find out those hot spots.
Smoothies are healthy, but the bacteria that they leave behind are surely not. Germs have got the ability to hide in all corners of your blender. Blades, crevices where the lid rests, on and underneath the rubber seal, nothing can be an exception.
A common mistake made by people is- doing what they see the owners or workers at the smoothie shops or coffee houses do, which is- simply rinsing the blender with warm water, after its use. This poor cleaning process hardly cleans the blender, including the crevices, and causes it to become a breeding place for germs.
Remember: Detach the blender after you finish using it, and wash each part thoroughly. Then, allow the parts to dry completely, before putting it all together.
- Can Opener
Believe me, I’m not a fool to think that Can opener is a hot spot that holds harmful germs. It is a fact- Can opener is vulnerable to the attack of germs in the kitchen. Whether it’s manual or electric, it is one of the perfect breeding spots for bacteria. The germs can settle on the magnet, blades, handles, or any other spot that you can touch. Germs breed on these openers in the same way as they do on cell phones or doorknobs.
As soon as you open the can, you can clearly notice the foodstuff seeping out of the can onto the blade. Most of the people in the industrial kitchen tend to neglect such things, and just wipe them off before using it again.
Remember: Clean and wipe the can opener regularly and make sure to check the most affected part of the opener before using it again.
- Cutting Boards
Cutting Board is a great place for germs to dwell. It can be an absolute haven for those germs if the board isn’t cleaned regularly and thoroughly. You would surely be alert and start cleaning the chopping/cleaning board if I say that you’d get affected by harmful bacteria like E.coli, Clostridium, and Sdalomonella. It all depends on what you are cutting on the board though.
No matter what material has been used to manufacture your chopping board, you are scoring your board by cutting your ingredients. The food particles and liquid insert into the cuttings on the board, which allows the germs and molds to breed- if not cleaned.
Remember: Thoroughly clean your board after every single use and dry it well. It is better to have separate boards for meat and vegetables.
- Ice Bins
Most people fail to consider this hidden and dangerous hot spot for germs. I am pretty sure that you know, these bins need to be cleaned, but do you even remember the last time you bothered to do so? You would only know that it’s time to clean the ice bin, when your ice starts tasting funnier or when the ice cubes start sticking together. Yes, that is what happens when the ice bins are not cleaned and germs have started attacking them- an inseparable part of kitchen.
Remember: Clean the ice bin once a month. Turn off your icemaker, empty the ice bin and clean it with clean and hot soapy water. Dry the bin before you place it into the freezer again.
- Meat Compartment
Meat is one food that is mostly responsible for causing infections in people, esp. diseases like food poisoning. Meat is the number one breeding place for germs and it gets ruined pretty easily. If you are using meat compartments to store meat, you should do it properly. Make sure that the meat you are storing is absolutely fine, and the compartment is clean too. Germ infected meat can infect the compartment and vice versa. It is important that you clean the compartment on a regular basis. You could either DIY or hire professional kitchen cleaning companies.
Remember: Dark and damp spots in the meat compartment are the perfect places for molds and germs to multiply. Even meat compartments, like ice bins, should be cleaned on a monthly basis, for your own well-being.
- Refrigerator Seals
When you don’t bother cleaning the seals of your freezer and refrigerator, germs can reproduce easily. You just need to open the refrigerator and take a look at the seal. You need to make sure that it doesn’t turn into a breeding spot for the folds and several other harmful microscopic germs.
Now, you don’t need to find a spare time to clean the refrigerator seals. You can do it while cleaning the kitchen and wiping down your fridge- take a clean and soapy cloth and scour the seal’s fold gently.
Remember: Dry the seal with a clean towel before inserting it into the fridge.
The sponge in your kitchen is no doubt the major culprit when it comes to growing germs and bacterium. The reason behind them being so vulnerable to those harmful organisms is that they are always wet and damp. When you use sponges to clean other parts of the kitchen, you transfer those germs everywhere. Have you realized the need of cleaning the sponge yet?
Remember: Every single time, toss the sponge into the dishwasher after you use it. It would be even better if you can manage to keep those sponges in sunlight to dry. You don’t need any commercial kitchen cleaning ideas for the purpose.
I am sure that you may not have thought of these 7 areas to be this dangerous. They are the top breeding spots for harmful germs in the kitchen. Hope this blog will open your eyes. You can thank me in the comment section below, for trying to save you from these dangerous germs and bacteria.