In the Household Germ Wars, many people believe bathrooms have the germiest hideouts in the house. But according to research from NSF International, the kitchen wages a pretty good battle.

Top 10 Most Germ-Ridden Items in Your Home

(ranked most dirty to least dirty)

  1. Dish sponges and dish cloths
  2. Kitchen sinks
  3. Toothbrush holders
  4. Pet bowls
  5. Coffee makers
  6. Bathroom faucet handles
  7. Pet toys
  8. Kitchen counters
  9. Stove knobs
  10. Cutting boards

Battle Ground Strategies

Bathroom germs vs Kitchen germsPrepare for battle against salmonella, E. coli, mold and other germs, by following these orders.

  • Wipe down sinks and drains every day using a cleaning product with bleach.
  • Disinfect counter tops, appliances and faucet handles at least twice a week.
  • Wash your hands well before, during and after food prep.
  • Have at least two cutting boards handy. Use one for slicing raw meat and the other for dicing raw veggies to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.
  • Put the cutting boards in the dishwasher after each use or soak them in hot water with some bleach for at least 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Scrub toilets and showers at least once a week.
  • Cover all toothbrushes, and store them away from the toilet.
  • Wash your pet’s food and water bowls at least once a week.
  • Soak hard pet toys in warm soapy water; drop stuffed toys in the washing machine.