March 10, 2008
“Kitchen sinks are dirtier than most bathrooms,” says Kelly Reynolds, PhD, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona. There are typically more than 500,000 bacteria per sqaure inch in the drain. In fact, in a recent study, half of the top 10 germiest spots in the home were in the kitchen. That sponge you use to clean the counter? Crawling with bacteria, as are the sink’s basin and faucet handles.
Reduce the risk:
“Clean your kitchen counters and sink with an antibacterial product after preparing or rinsing food, especially anything raw, which can carry lots of lots of potential pathogens like salmonella, campylobactor, and Ecoli,” says Tom Tierno, PhD, author of The Secret Life of Germs and director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center. Read the rest of this entry »