The kitchen is one place in every household that harbours a variety of germs. While a lot of people know the common culprits such as the sponge and sink, there are other everyday kitchen objects that can harbour germs that cause foodborne illnesses.

Knife Block
A lot of people fail to regularly clean this but there is a need for you to de-gunk it in order to be keep you and your family safe.

To clean it, remove the knives, then turn the block upside down to shake out crumbs. You can also make use of can of compressed air, to get tiny particles out of hard to reach areas.

Wash the block in hot soapy water. To sanitize, soak the block in a mixture of one lukewarm tap water and 1 tablespoon of household bleach, or just fill the knife slots with the mixture. Let it sit for one minute, then rinse thoroughly with clean tap water and place upside down to dry.

You can avoid a buildup of germs by washing knives and letting them dry completely before you put them back in the block.

Vegetable Drawer In The Refrigerator
Salmonella, Listeria, yeast and moulds commonly build up in the vegetable drawer. More so, a dirty drawer could contaminate new clean veggies you put in there.

Experts recommend removing the drawer from the refrigerator once a month and washing the bin with warm water and a mild detergent. You can get rid of odours with a baking soda solution (about 1 to 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart of water). Allow everything to dry thoroughly before using again.

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Tin Cutter
A lot of people make use of this handy tool daily. If you are however one of those that stores it after use without proper cleaning, you may just be exposing yourself and your family to bacteria, yeast, and mould.

It is important to clean the area where the groove meets the can, and make sure you get rid of all food residue. You can buy one that is dishwasher safe and wash after each use.

Food Storage Containers With Rubber Seals
Food containers with rubber seals allow germs to thrive. If your food container is dishwasher safe, make sure to wash both the container and the lid. If you’re cleaning by hand, take special care around the seal and any grooves where the cover attaches to the container.

Meat Drawer In The Refrigerator
That part of your refrigerator is probably home to Salmonella, E. Coli, yeast and mould, which is why you should clean them often.

Just like with the vegetable drawer, there is a need for you to remove the whole thing and wash it with soap and water.

Blender Gasket
Failing to follow the manufacturers instructions regarding cleaning your blender may result in you blending in bacteria with your food.

Clean your machine after each use by disassembling completely, including removing the blade and gasket. Depending on manufacturer’s directions, put the pieces in the dishwasher or wash by hand in hot soapy water. Allow all the pieces to dry thoroughly before putting the blender together.

Source: 360Nobs

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