The 9 Germiest Places in Your Kitchen

Find out what everyday items are germ hot spots – and how you can kill them once and for all.

The 9 Germiest Places in Your Kitchen

With 20% of foodborne illnesses coming from mistakes in the kitchen, the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) embarked on a mission to find the grimiest places in your home. Find out what everyday items are germ hot spots – and how you can kill them once and for all.


Blender Gasket

Blender Gasket

What They Found: Salmonella, E.coli, yeast and mold

How to Clean It Properly: Unplug the blender and remove the blender jar from the base. Completely disassemble the jar, removing the blade and gasket at the bottom. If it’s dishwasher safe, place all pieces in the dishwasher after each use. If hand washing, wash the gasket, blade, jar and lid thoroughly in hot soapy water; rinse and dry before re-assembling. Perform this cleaning procedure after each use.

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