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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Making Your Kitchen Free From Germs

Making Your Kitchen Free from Germs
Even though you may keep your kitchen very clean, there is still an opportunity for germs. Here are some places where germs may be lurking.

Can opener. Hand held can openers should be washed in the dishwasher or at least washed after every use. Electric can openers should be wiped down after using. Make certain to look for food residue on the blade.

Sponges. If you use a sponge, follow these instructions to ensure harmful bacteria are killed. After using the sponge, while it is still wet, place it in the microwave for two minutes. Another option is to place it in the top rack of the dishwasher. Many people assume that rinsing the sponge with water is sufficient.

Water dispensers and coffee reservoirs. Most refrigerator water dispensers can be cleaned with a vinegar solution. Coffee machine reservoirs are dark and damp and a great place for mold and mildew to grow. Pour about four cups of white vinegar in the reservoir and run the vinegar through the unit, followed by two or three cycles of water. This should be done every 40 to 80 brew cycles. The instruction manual that came with the appliance may have information as well.

Meat and vegetable compartments. Meat and vegetable compartments are another place where bacteria can grow. Keep everything raw and cooked separated. Remove the containers and wash them with warm soapy water about every two to four weeks. Also it is a good idea to wipe down the inside walls of the refrigerator on an occasional basis.  

Gaskets. Blender gaskets along with removable gaskets found around the lids of some food storage containers are places where bacteria can lurk. Make sure to unscrew the blade assembly and wash all parts and dry thoroughly after every use. For food storage containers, any unattached gaskets should be removed, cleaned, and dried after every use. 


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