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.

Fridge Produce Drawer

What They Found: Salmonella, Listeria, yeast and mold

How to Clean It Properly: Remove drawers, 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, and try to clean monthly.

To avoid cross contamination, separate washed produce from the unwashed and keep it on the top shelf above meats and seafood to avoid raw juices dripping onto it. Keep produce separate in your grocery cart, during food prep and when using kitchen tools, too.

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No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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