What is Considered the Dirtiest Part of the Kitchen?

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Dirtiest place in kitchen

Many people like to make sure that they are clean, and that all the places they encounter are clean as well. Many of us prefer to sanitize surfaces in our homes to get rid of germs as much as we can. We particularly like to sanitize surfaces in our kitchens because it ensures that the places where we put our food will be clean so that we do not get sick. However, according to a new study, all the sanitization and cleaning we do in our kitchens may not be worth it after all.


The study “Trust Me, I’m A Doctor” gave three different families removable kitchen countertops and asked them to wash these countertops with antibacterial wipes to see how effective this would be. The families then were asked to avoid using these countertops but to use their kitchen as they normally would otherwise. Swabs were taken of these countertops to see how long the countertops would remain germ-free after being wiped down and cleaned.

Even though the countertops had been sanitized, studies of the samples taken showed that within an hour of the countertops being cleaned, different types of fungi and bacteria had already begun to reform. Meanwhile, samples taken twelve hours after cleaning showed lots and lots of germ growth. Therefore, maybe it is not as necessary to demand that everything be cleaned with antibacterial products, because they do not necessarily get rid of germs. And, some of these germs may actually be beneficial to us.

Dishcloths or sponges used to wipe down surfaces or clean out pans


However, studies show that the washcloths and sponges we use to clean our surfaces may actually be the most contaminated with a type of E. coli because of the fact that they tend to be warm and moist, which is, naturally, a favored place for germs to breed. 75 percent of cloths observed in this study were shown to contain coliform bacteria (a type of E. coli), 45 percent of kitchen sinks contained it, as well as 32 percent of countertops, 18 percent of cutting boards, 27 percent of toothbrush holders in bathrooms, and 9 percent of bathroom handles. This bacteria, however, may not necessarily be dangerous.

Studies have even shown that dishcloths are dirtier than toilet seats. It is recommended that one washes their dishcloths frequently with bleach and to keep them as dry as possible.

It is recommended that you have two different chopping boards- one for raw meat and one for other foods. In order to clean these surfaces, it is recommended to clean with vinegar, because it is a good disinfectant.

Would you have thought that your dishcloths are the dirtiest part of your kitchen? What do you do to ensure the cleanliness of your home? Please let us know in the comments.

Reference: BBC

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