Home & Garden Are You Cleaning Your Kitchen Sink Often Enough?

20:51  10 january  2018
20:51  10 january  2018 Source:   bonappetit.com

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After roasting a chicken, the last thing you want to do is wash dishes. But your mom taught you well, so you clean them up and then immediately get in your pajamas and turn on Black Mirror. However, you forgot one important step: You need to clean your kitchen sink. You don't want to know how many germs are just starting the party after you leave them alone in the sink with bits of food and a moist—sorry!—environment.

The sink is the second germiest spot in your kitchen, according to studies by NSF International, a public health and safety inspection and certification company. (The No. 1 is your sponge—more on that later.) To keep microorganisms from populating your sink, you should wash and disinfect the sides and bottom at least one a week, says Lisa Yakas, microbiologist and Senior Certification Project Manager of Food Equipment at NSF International. However, if you work with raw meat or are scrubbing dirt off of potatoes, don't wait—wash it immediately.

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Are you cleaning your sink often enough ? Probably not. While the bathroom is often the first thing to spring to mind, have you considered what bacteria might be lurking in your kitchen sink ?

Are you cleaning your sink often enough ? Probably not. While the bathroom is often the first thing to spring to mind, have you considered what bacteria might be lurking in your kitchen sink ?

There are a few ways to clean. The first line of defense should be simple hot water and dish soap. Take a clean sponge and scrub off any chunks of food or pieces of residue you see in there, getting every nook and cranny. Yakas explains you cannot disinfect a surface unless it's already clean, so soap and water should be your first step always. Afterward, you could use a disinfectant wipe—Yakas recommends checking for cleaning products with an EPA Safer Choice seal, like Clorox Green Works—white vinegar diluted with a little water, or diluted bleach. This works for any surface in your kitchen, but if something will touch food, use vinegar over bleach. If you really want to use bleach, use a 1:50 ratio (a cap of bleach to one gallon of water) and then rinse thoroughly with water afterward.

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For an extra deep clean, sanitize your drain too. Pour 1 tsp. of bleach and 1 quart of water down the drain, and also clean any food traps, strainers, or drainers you have over your drain with bleach, too. This should be done at least monthly. If you have a dishwasher, you can clean food traps in there on the top rack.

Hey, you gotta clean your sponge, too!© Alex Lau Hey, you gotta clean your sponge, too!

The last, and most important, part about cleaning your sink is cleaning your sponges. "There are so many cracks and crevices for germs to hide in, and germs love moisture," Yakas explains. If it smells or looks filthy, throw it away. The sponge is the number one germiest spot in your kitchen, so all that sink cleaning will go to waste if what you're "cleaning" it with is horrifyingly gross. What are you waiting for? Go clean your sink.

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Our teeth, our bodies, and our hands just to name a few. But what about the other things that we use every day? How often should we clean those? Plus, no self-respecting princess will go for a ride on a dirty carpet. 8. Kitchen Sink : Every few weeks.

Share via email. Do you do it enough ? The kitchen sink is one of the lead culprits in encouraging bacteria to grow, so how often should it be cleaned to keep it germ-free?

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