In a recent L.A. study, 1 in 7 homes would fail as sanitary conditions. Although the test was not considered scientifically thorough, if conducted under a controlled test, even a lesser number of homes would pass.
As seen on the Today Show, Philip Tierno, professor or Microbiology and Pathology at NYU School of Medicine and John Oxford, Chair of Hygiene Council stated that one of the most germiest places in your kitchen is the sink drain. The studies have actually found fecal organisms on the faucet as well as in the sink drain. They recommended using a weekly disinfectant on the sink, paying special attention to the drain, as well.
The question might be, 'why worry about the drain if it drains down anyway?'. The answer is because there could be splash back, and people put raw vegetables directly in the sink thinking it's clean.
The other germiest thing in the kitchen are sponges. Most people do not disinfect them and clean them properly and they carry the same organisims onto your dishes and countertops. Sponges can be cleaned and sanitized in the dishwasher on the germicide cycle. They are the single most germiest thing in any household, especially if they are kept wet. Replace them with new sponges often.
The next germiest place in the kitchen are the countertops, because the germy sponge or cloth is used to wipe it down. H1N1 could actually be transmitted by touching the countertop and then touching ones eyes or nose. The recommendation is to sanitize the countertops at least weekly, preferably after each meal.
Another germy place in the kitchen is the refrigerator door handle. Fecal organisms, as well as other germs, have also been found there. Again, the handle might have been cross contaminated with the germy cloth or sponge.
Lastly, the trashcan is another germy place. The suggestion is to use a plastic garbage bag to line and protect the inside surface, and to make sure the interior and exterior of the can is sanitized, at least weekly.
These tips will help to keep our kitchens clean and our families healthy.