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Where Bacteria Are Hiding In Your Home

KITCHEN SINK

E. coli and salmonella in your kitchen sink? What the faucet? Remember that contaminated foods and the aforementioned bacteria hotbed, your kitchen sponge, can leave their mark wherever they go. Cleaning the surface of the sink simply isn’t enough either, as many of the offenders become trapped in the drain.

TOOTHBRUSH

It probably comes as no surprise that an unbrushed mouth can be home to hundreds of bacteria, but the thing you use to clean it, too? Yep! Toothbrushes can carry E. coli, staphylococcus, and even fecal matter. Yikes. Here’s hoping that toothpaste is capable of doing some heavy lifting.

CUTTING BOARD

Your cutting board is a popular rest stop for food-born illness-causing bacteria, whether its wood or plastic. Always clean it thoroughly, especially after cutting raw meat and vegetables.

COFFEEMAKER

Feeling awake yet? Well, staphylococcus, streptococcus, and bacillus cereus are just some of the bacteria that can be living in the reservoir of your coffeemaker.

REFRIGERATOR

Though typically thought of as something that protects our food from bacteria, a refrigerator can contain E. coli, salmonella, and listeria, among others. This is especially true of the salad drawer and door handles. If it housed a food that was subject to a recall, it is extremely important to clean your entire refrigerator,

STOVE KNOBS

Where there’s food, there’s the chance that the nearby surfaces are chock-full of bacteria. Even the stove knobs are susceptible to lingering germs.

COFFEE TABLE A popular destination for our remotes, phones, and other bacteria-covered items, often including your feet — hey, you had a hard day of work! — our coffee tables are coated with germs. That sounds bad, but hey, maybe people will be more eager to use coasters now

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