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.


Meat Compartment

Meat Compartment

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

How to Clean It Properly: Remove the compartment or drawer, if possible. Use a clean sponge or soft cloth and wash the bin with a mild detergent mixed with warm water. Rinse with tap water and wipe dry with a clean towel. To help control odors, use warm water mixed with a baking-soda solution (about 1 to 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 quart of water). Rinse and wipe dry.

Clean monthly and whenever you see any spilled meat juices. Store meat and seafood on a separate shelf below produce to avoid contamination from dripping juices.

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