The Germy Kitchen
If you think your bathroom is the dirtiest room in your home, think again. Your kitchen harbors the most germs in the house, according to NSF International, a public health and safety organization. One major culprit: bacteria on sponges. A bacteria cell can multiply and become 8 million cells in under 24 hours.
The Kitchen Culprits:
Dishrags, sponges, faucet handles, refrigerator door handles, doorknobs and cutting boards.
How to Stop These Germy Culprits:
Moist environments help bacteria thrive, so fully dry sponges between uses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends microwaving your sponges for 30 seconds for a quick dry, or to run them through the dishwasher. Wash and dry your rags in hot water and on high heat.