5 Areas in Your Kitchen You're Forgetting to Spring Clean
What is it about spring time that awakens the cleaning bug in us? Maybe it's the feeling of wanting to refresh our lives or maybe it's seeing new flowers in bloom. Either way, now's as good a time as any to get your home improvement projects done and make sure your Las Vegas property management property is in tip top shape. I have no doubt that there are tons of aggressive cleaners out there scrubbing grout with toothbrushes and sanitizing baseboards with a vengeance. But here are 5 areas in your kitchen you're forgetting to spring clean.
1.) Nasty Knobs: Unless you have a completely streamlined style kitchen, then most everyone has knobs or handles that get daily use. Several studies have found knobs and handles to be among the most contaminated spots in the entire home. And it's not just the knobs and handles on your cabinets. Fridges, dishwashers, faucets, and drawer handles are included. Regular wipe downs with a sanitizing solution can easily help stop the spread of germs on the most touched areas in your kitchen.
2.) Dirty Dishwashers: Isn't it ironic that the appliance created to clean your dishes could be so germy? But a study published in a 2013 volume of the journal Medical Mycology found potentially harmful yeasts growing commonly in dishwashers. Las Vegas property managers suggest running a cup of white vinegar through the hottest wash cycle monthly to help give the inside of your dishwasher a good cleaning. Also, don't forget to sanitize those rubber seals with which are often reported to contain fungi.
3.) Contaminated Can Openers: Unless you have super human strength, you probably open your cans with a can opener. But if you're opening cans without washing the can openers each time, you'll be in for a shocker. Unwashed can openers can contain strains of E. coli and salmonella from congealing food juices. Tossing your can opener in the dishwasher is an easy solution and Las Vegas property management companies recommend that you wipe electric can openers down with hot soapy water after each use.
4.) Nasty Knife blocks: Knife blocks are made from a variety of materials ranging from wood to plastic to stainless steel and are a great way to store your sharpest food slicers. However the slots that store your knives can contain food particles and moisture that can breed mold. The combination of dumping out debris and using canned air are a great way to clean those hard to reach niches.
5.) Filthy Fridges: We don't want to believe the appliance that houses our food would contain germs, but of course they do. Refrigerators contain aspects from just about everything on this list including handles, rubber seals, small niches, and more! The nonprofit public health group NSF International has found that the produce and meat storage compartments harbor the grimiest of germs ranging from salmonella to and listeria to E. coli and mold. The best way to combat these microbes is removing compartments and either hand washing them in hot soapy water or putting them in your dishwasher (provided you've taken our advice and cleaned your dishwasher first). Don't forget to wipe those rubber seals where caked in food debris and moisture loves to hide.
Sorry if I awoke the “germaphobe” in you. I just wanted to highlight the often overlooked places in our kitchens to give a little extra love to while spring cleaning this year. So let's get to it, shall we? Happy cleaning! – Greg
Simply Property Management – Paielli Realty, Inc.
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