The germiest places in your kitchen

The germiest places in your kitchen

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If dishwasher safe, place both the container and the lid in the dishwasher and wash after each use. If hand washing, wash both the container and lid in hot soapy water, paying special attention to the area around the seal as well as any grooves where the cover attaches to the container. Rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry. (Source: NSF)

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 3:38 AM

The germiest spots in your kitchen may be where you least expect them.

A new study by the health and safety organization NFS International tested samples from 20 home kitchens and found surprising places that may contain enough foodborne pathogens to make you sick.

The refrigerator water dispenser topped the list as the germiest place in the kitchens, which also included blenders, rubber spatulas and can openers — which were found tainted by traces of E. coli, salmonella and listeria.

The vegetable and meats drawers in the fridge, the fridge’s ice dispenser, food containers with rubber seals and knife blocks made the list too.

Check out the slideshow to see the NSF’s recommendations to keep your kitchen clean and you and your family healthy.

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