Most Dangerous Item in Your Kitchen

Most Dangerous Item in Your Kitchen

Today’s article is short and sweet, but highly actionable.

There was a recent microbiology study that was conducted in an effort to find the most germ-ridden, bacteria-laden item in the average kitchen.  And while we might automatically think of knives as very dangerous, cloth dish towels can be far worse.

A study from the American Society for Microbiology found that cloth kitchen towels accumulate more food-poisoning pathogens that any other kitchen item.  And the problem is proportional to the size of your family (larger families = more pathogens), the weather (humidity = more pathogens), and the amount of meats you prepare.

This is a problem that is highly actionable and easy to solve.  Buy a lot of dish cloths and switch them out often (daily at least), and use paper towels for the nastiest clean-up jobs.


American Society for Microbiology. “Kitchen towels could contribute to the growth of potential pathogens that cause food poisoning.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 June 2018.

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