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