When it comes to keeping your kitchen clean, the first things that may come to mind are the counter, the stove, the sink, and the refrigerator. Keeping those areas clean comes as second nature to cooks and families alike, but that’s not necessarily where bacteria is hiding. Dirt and bacteria may be hiding no further than your kitchen towels.

The Heart Of The Home

A clean kitchen is a healthy kitchen. Most families pay special attention to keeping their kitchen nice and tidy, so the food coming out of those kitchens is healthy and delicious. Families spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and it’s considered the heart of the home.

Keeping Your Kitchen Safe

Hiding in the very towels you use to keep your kitchen clean, could be germs like E.-coliĀ and staph. TheĀ American Society for Microbiology conducted a study involving a sampling of 100 kitchen towels. They collected kitchen towels from various kitchens, which had been used for a month, and tested them.

The study showed 37 percent of the towels harbored E. coli, and 14 percent contained staph. Both of these bacterias can cause food poisoning. Other factors came into play, like humidity levels, use, and vegetarian vs. non-vegetarian homes. When the study came out, the Society had some suggestions on how to prevent this from happening in your kitchen.

Apply An Easy Fix

To prevent bacteria from growing or hiding in your kitchen towels, change them out often. Have many kitchen towels on hand, and give them a purpose. One for cleaning up spills, one for drying your hands, etc., and keep them clean. Wash your kitchen towels in hot water to kill any bacteria. If you use paper towels, only use them once.

Of course, wash your hands often while in the kitchen, and while preparing food. Finally, don’t let wet towels sit around your kitchen. Hang them up to dry, and change them out every day or two. It may require you to own more kitchen towels, but that’s a small price to pay for keeping you and your family healthy.