Top Bacteria Hot Spots in the Kitchen

Cloths and Sponges

If cleaning cloths and sponges are left damp and moist bacteria is going to multiply and grow until they are dangerously infected.   Either use disposable cleaning cloths or put damp clothes in the microwave for 1 minute on a high setting to remove the growth of bacteria.

Food Preparation Surfaces

Tops of kitchen units and chopping boards can easily be contaminated with all kinds of bacteria from meat, poultry, salads, fruit and vegetables.  Keep raw and ‘ready to eat’ foods separate.  A great way to do this is to keep different coloured chopping boards for different jobs in the kitchen.  All surfaces used for preparing food must be cleaned and disinfected after use, always use hot water. If you can put chopping boards into the dishwasher and clean on a hot programme this is the best way to kill bacteria.

Surfaces that get touched often

Before starting any cleaning jobs in the kitchen you must wash your hands with soap even if you think they are clean.  You must clean all surfaces of the kitchen work tops, cabinets etc. with a good kitchen cleaner and a clean sponge or cloth rinsed in hot water.  Heat is one off the best ways for getting rid of bacteria.

Areas frequently touched by our hands are:

  • Fridge and freezer handles
  • Handles of kitchen cabinets
  • Microwave ‘start’ buttons and doors
  • Toaster controls
  • Draw handles
  • Taps
  • Cooker knobs

All of the above need to be cleaned often using the same process as above.


Sinks must be cleaned frequently, particularly if you have washed poultry or vegetables etc. in the sink. Clean with a cloth/sponge and a good neutral detergent with hot water. Using disinfectant is also a good idea.

Rubbish Bin

This will be full of bacteria all the time.   When we smell rotting garbage it is a sure sign that bacteria is present. So make sure to take out the rubbish bag and then clean out your bin with a good neutral detergent and hot water.   Leaving your bin outside in the heat to dry off is another good way to remove some of the bacteria.  Finally wiping out the bin with a cloth and disinfectant is also a very good idea. Don’t forget to clean the lid, the handles and the foot pedal.  Don’t put a new rubbish bag into the bin until it is dry.

Don’t forget to wash your hands

If in doubt wash your hands.  They are one of the most important causes of cross contamination and cross infection in your home.  If you keep your hands properly washed and clean it will reduce your illness levels by 50%.

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