People disinfect their toilet seats all the time, but they don’t realize that they really need to pay attention to their kitchen too. According to Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, there are 200 times more fecal bacteria on the average cutting board in a home than a toilet seat. Most people just rinse their cutting board, but poultry and raw meat can leave behind Salmonella sp. and Campylobacter sp.
Bacteria can live and multiply on cutting boards, sponges, countertops, sinks, grout between floor and wall tiles, and many other places in your kitchen. Bacteria grow in moist areas and can be transferred from one surface to another by hands or dishtowels, to name a few.
You might be surprised with what’s lurking in your kitchen. Protect your family from foodborne illnesses by starting with the basics: Wash your hands properly and clean your kitchen surfaces thoroughly.