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Where germs lurk most in your kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of our home. We cook there, we eat there, we gather there.  You may think it's clean, but is it really?

Scientists analyzed common surfaces and appliances in the kitchen and found an assortment of bacteria, including e-coli, salmonella and listeria. If these bacteria get on your food, it can make you sick.
Here's the worst part. Experts say you could clean your kitchen every day and probably still miss most of the germs.

Microbiologists at a science organization called NSF International found that the "germ-iest" things in your kitchen – hands down – are sponges and rags. Experts recommend using paper towels instead. Throw them away when you're done.

The next worst item in your kitchen is the vegetable compartment in your refrigerator. It comes in direct contact with raw produce and ready-to-eat meals. To be safe, be sure you clean the bin with Lysol every other day.

Another germy item: your spatula. You can stick it in the dishwasher or hand clean it. But even when you do, a lot of that bacteria from things like raw meat and pancake batter sticks on there. Replace your spatulas every few months, experts suggest. Plastic ones are considered especially bad.
Another item that had a lot of bacteria on it is the can opener. A lot of people use the can opener and just wipe it off, never giving it a good clean. Make sure you soak it in boiling water after every use.

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