The 5 germiest places in your kitchen (that you don’t know about)


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When it comes to the kitchen, disinfecting some areas is a no-brainer. The sink, the refrigerator, the countertops. Duh. But there may be a few hidden places in your kitchen that harbor nasty bacteria.

Don’t overlook the trouble spots! De-germ these five forgotten spots in your kitchen.


1. Oven knobs

If you cook at home (even a little), the surface of your oven can take quite a beating. Grease, raw meat and splashes of food get everywhere, including the oven knobs. When was the last time you cleaned yours?

If it’s been a while, here’s how you clean them: pull the knobs completely off and soak them in hot, soapy water. Then, spray the knobs with vinegar to help disinfect.


2. Garbage disposal switch

Good news, this is an easy one once you remember to do it! Just like any other light switch in your home, your garbage disposal switch can get pretty germy. Wipe it down with a disinfecting wipe during your normal cleaning routine.


3. Knife block

Knife blocks contain thin, dark slots that provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, especially if you return knives to the block before they’re totally dry (we’re all guilty of doing this every once in a while).

To disinfect the knife block, remove your knives from the block and turn it upside down and give it a good shake. If your block isn’t made of wood, you can hand wash it in hot soapy water. If you have a wooden knife block, try cleaning out the grooves with a compressed air can.


4. Cookbooks

Following a recipe can get a little messy. To de-germ your cookbooks, mix two parts vinegar with one part water. Dip a clean rag into the solution and gently wipe down the front and back of your cookbook. That’s it!


5. Pet food bowl

OK, so this might not be right in your kitchen, but it’s probably close by. It can also getreally gross. We’re talking yeast, mold and even coliform bacteria. No thanks. The next time you need to run a load of dishes in the dishwasher, add your pup’s water and food bowls to the top shelf, and run a normal cycle to completely disinfect them.

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