How To Stop Bacteria Growing In Your Kitchen 

How To Stop Bacteria Growing In Your Kitchen 

The following contribution is from another author.

Your kitchen is meant to be a clean and hygienic place – perhaps the cleanest room in your home. After all, it’s where you prepare (and often store) food, and if it’s dirty, that food could become dangerous. Plus, having a messy, mucky kitchen just isn’t a great way to enjoy your home. 

The problem is that even if you clean your kitchen regularly and it all looks great, there could be germs and bacteria lurking, ready to grow and spread and cause health problems. That’s why you need to know how to stop bacteria growing in your kitchen because once you know, you can prevent it as much as possible. With that in mind, read on to find out more. 

Don’t Use Sponges

You might think that having a sponge or two in your kitchen isn’t a big issue, and in fact, it’s something that helps to keep things clean, so why is it a problem when it comes to bacteria? The problem is that sponges are the ideal place for bacteria to grow and breed – once you’ve mopped up a spill or cleaned a pan with a sponge and left it by your sink to use again, it becomes full of germs. Every time you use that same sponge in the future, not only are you adding more germs to the surface, but you’re spreading those germs along everything you ‘clean’ with the sponge. 

That’s why it’s better not to have sponges at all because they can never really be clean after they’ve been used. It’s far better to use a paper towel or a cloth that you can wash on high heat after it’s been used, and your kitchen will harbor far less bacteria that way. 

Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned 

Your HVAC system moves air around your home and keeps things at a comfortable temperature, and many people wouldn’t or perhaps couldn’t be without theirs. However, although it’s air that you want to be moved around your home, pollutants and germs get moved too, and they can therefore end up in your kitchen as a result, making your clean surfaces filthy without you even knowing it. 

The best thing to do is to have your air ducts regularly cleaned by professionals. In that way, there will be far less of an issue, and the air you breathe in your home will be much purer – your kitchen being germ-free is definitely a bonus result! 

Don’t Leave Things Out To Soak

It’s so tempting to leave things to soak in the sink rather than scrubbing them clean, and it can work – it loosens the ground in food and makes it easier to clean up dishes and cooking utensils. 

The problem is that when you leave things soaking, you’re giving the bacteria the best chance possible to breed, and the longer you leave things, the worse that issue will become. That’s why, even if it takes a little more elbow grease, it’s really far better to clean all your dishes as soon as possible and don’t leave them to soak; you’ll be preventing a lot of bacteria potentially causing harm if you do. 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).