Here's an interesting article (copied from ABC News) for your perusal.
I believe kitchen sinks were for bacteria breeding grounds. Also, not
mentioned is the nasty kitchen towel. I have about 30 kitchen towels
or so (many are tattered and frayed) and I change a towel out after
breakfast and dinner. I put my cellulose sponge in the dishwasher and
dry it out in the toaster oven (germs don't like that!). I do have
two wooden cutting boards--one for vegetables and one for meat. I use
diluted household bleach and a small amount of soap to disinfect
cutting boards, towels, sink, etc.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
============================Germs Are Unwelcome Houseguests
Updated 7:01 AM ET May 5, 2005
In the leafy town of Maplewood, N.J., the sidewalks are spotless and
the lawns are manicured, but inside the homes, there live some
invisible houseguests -- germs.
Kirsten Fallon has a part-time job, a husband, a dog and three kids,
but she still makes time to keep a perfect home. She scrubs the
countertops, runs the dishwasher every night and keeps up with the
"I feel like my kitchen's pretty clean, because I really work on
that," Fallon said. "I feel like anything I can to do make my home a
safe haven from germs, that's what I need to do."
Germs Tell a Scary Story
But microbiologist Dr. Chuck Gerba found millions of germs that told a
Taking swabs from various surfaces in the Fallons' home, Gerba hit the
After analyzing the samples at the University of Arizona, Gerba found
all different kinds of bacteria, including the kinds that can make you
sick. He spotted coliform bacteria, which is intestinal bacteria like
e.coli, on seven surfaces, including the kitchen sink faucet, the
refrigerator handle, and even the kitchen countertop that gets
scrubbed every day.
"She was using a sponge to wipe it down, and coliform bacteria will
grow in sponges," Gerba said.
Fallon and her husband, Bill, were even more horrified by the bacteria
Gerba found in places where their kids eat and play.
A sample taken from 2-year-old Tate's high-chair tray revealed
thousands of bacteria colonies. The handle of Tate's rocking horse had
10 million bacteria.
"That rocking horse is gone tomorrow," Bill said.
The Fallons also vowed to get a new washing machine after finding out
about the secret inhabitants hiding out there.
But Gerba said that's not necessary.
"Sometimes it's not a matter of cleaning harder," Gerba said. "It's
just knowing where to clean and to remember to use a disinfectant."
But for Fallon, who prides herself on her cleaning skills, it's still
"I truly feel helpless," she said. "I feel like in our busy lives,
cleanliness is a priority here, and it doesn't seem like we're scoring
How to Clean Smarter
Gerba has tips on how to cut down germs in the home by cleaning
Use wood cutting boards and use separate cutting boards for vegetables
Clean with anti-bacterial sponges. Sponges are the germiest objects in
any house, because bacteria actually grows in them. Don't use the same
sponge for cleaning dishes and counters.
Give your washing machine a bleach bath every month.
Don't keep your toothbrush too close to the toilet. When you flush,
droplets are ejected that contain bacteria.