How to Keep Your Kitchen Sink Bacteria Free
Chances are, if you scanned your kitchen sink right now, you’d probably see a thin layer of mould on the edges. Did you know that the kitchen sink carries more bacteria than any other area in the house? It has even more bacteria than your bathroom.
Germs thrive in kitchen sinks. And some of these bacteria can be extremely harmful to your family’s health.
Why You Should Keep the Sink Clean
Thinking about the bacteria in your kitchen sink can be disturbing. Keeping your sink clean helps you:
Reduce plumbing problems. When you keep your sink and garbage disposal clean, they are more likely to work properly and not become clogged.
Protect your family’s health. Harmful bacteria, like E. coli, can reside on sponges and in other areas of your kitchen.
Because germs travel, an unsanitary kitchen sink can mean an unsanitary kitchen altogether. You don’t want the place your family eats to be the least clean spot in your home.
Keep the dishes you wash clean. Your sink is used as a tool for keeping things clean. But, if the sink itself is not clean, you’ll just be contaminating the very dishes you’re trying to wash. Think about the raw meat you had in your sink yesterday. Do you really want that bacteria in the glasses you’re drinking out of?
What to Do to Keep the Sink Clean
Keeping the sink clean doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does take some thought. Here’s what you can do:
Know how to work your garbage disposal. Know what can and cannot be put down the disposal. If you put things in it that can’t be ground up completely, the pieces of food creates more opportunities for bacteria to grow.
Throw ice cubes down the disposal to clean out the nooks and crannies.
Clean your dirty dishes promptly. Food that is left on your dishes grows bacteria.
Spray and scrub your sink daily with disinfectant, just like you’d scrub your utensils.
Replace your sponge often to keep your sink area clean. You can also disinfect sponges daily by microwaving them when damp for two minutes or dishwashing them with the drying cycle. You should also store your sponge in a dry place after wringing it out. Or you can just use a dish rag in place of your sponge. Rags dry quickly and are machine-washable, which means they grow less bacteria.
Keep your family safe by paying attention to your kitchen sink. Don’t hesitate to call us with questions.