Warning: This blog post might give you nightmares! While Baxton Property Management in Hobart has no desire to cause you sleepless nights, it decided to share the horrible truth about what could be left behind in your rental home’s kitchen after you thought you had cleaned it properly. But before you start feeling guilty, Baxton assures you that you are not alone. In fact these scary fails are very common.
Tests have shown many areas skip our attention which provide potential breeding grounds for germs and creepy crawlies, some of which are so small we can’t even see them. We have heard names like E.coli and faecal bacteria before and that alone is enough to put us off dinner, but most of us are unaware that we could be breeding them in the very place where we cook our food.
And if the idea of an invisible onslaught on our kitchen isn’t bad enough, traces of more visible but equally elusive pests like bugs and rodents were also found in well over 65 percent of kitchens tested. These carry germs like salmonella, which can result in food poisoning.
Areas that need attention
Cleaning the Cleaners, and Where They Hang Out
When last did you really clean the kitchen sink, or the sponges and cloths that you use there? This is top of the pops when it comes to fails we didn’t think we were making. Thinking it’s clean because it’s where things are cleaned, simply doesn’t cut it. Not when research tests on kitchens found the sink to be one of the dirtiest parts of the kitchen, and the one which contained the most faecal bacteria. The dishcloths and sponges that hang around with the sink are no better. More than 60 percent of those tested were riddled with bacteria.
Getting a Handle on Knobs
Handles on appliances and knobs on cupboards are handled the most, and not cleaned that often. They become great breeding grounds for bacteria build-up, including the faecal bacteria we think only breeds in dirty toilets.
Cleaning Carry Bags
Has it ever occurred to you to clean your reusable grocery bags? If it has, you’re apparently in the minority. The rest of us just lug them back and forth unaware that there are probably bacteria left from your last purchase that are setting up shop inside it and ready for fresh groceries.
Washing the Washers
Your dishwasher is a cleaning tool, right? Yes, but it doesn’t clean itself completely. Unless you wash the dishes before you load the dishwasher, and do it so well that you don’t really have to use it, bits of debris are going to remain on the plates and glasses when they are subjected to the blasts of water inside the dishwasher.
Some debris find their way through the filter and disappear along with the greywater, but a lot stays behind in the filter, mixing with others to create just the right home for bacteria and other nasties. Clogged up filters also affect how successful your washer is at cleaning the dishes, so more trouble is likely to breed the longer they aren’t cleaned. Other danger areas include the door and walls of the dishwasher. The jets of water inside are aimed at the dishes they are meant to clean, not at the machine.
Another problem with dishwashers is what you put in them. Sure, they clean sharp knives, but they also cut their sharpness by dulling the cutting edge. Do this too often and it’ll be a different sort of kitchen fail. You will need to buy a new knife.
Cooking Up Trouble
Ovens and microwaves don’t clean themselves, even if the manufacturer says they do. Grease and oil build up in these cookers, making a coating for the door and walls that becomes increasingly difficult to remove. This build up affects the taste and smell of food cooked in the oven as well as providing another breeding ground for bacteria.
Forewarned is forearmed, goes the old saying. Baxton Property Management in Hobart hopes the saying applies to its rental property clients and their tenants, and helps them on their way to a cleaner and healthier kitchen. For more useful information, browse through the Baxton blogs.
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