Your shiny new kitchen sink may provide luxury living quarters for a variety of microorganisms harmful to human health. High moisture levels common to areas around kitchen sinks create optimal conditions for bacteria to thrive. In fact, it’s been estimated that a kitchen sink may contain more bacteria than your bathroom sink.
Some common forms of harmful bacteria found in kitchen sinks include:
- Salmonella – Kitchen sinks regularly exposed to fresh produce, raw meat, eggs, or dairy products have an elevated risk of carrying salmonella bacteria, which can cause dangerous gastrointestinal illnesses.
- E. coli – Sinks can carry e. Coli bacteria, which can also cause some very serious gastrointestinal illnesses, some of which can be fatal.
- Staph – Staph thrives in moist conditions, and the area around a kitchen sink is optimal for their propagation. Staph can cause a host of illnesses, including wound infections, toxic shock, pneumonia, and food poisoning.
To reduce your risk of infection from kitchen bacteria, be sure to scrub your drain, sink, and spigot with disinfectant regularly, reduce moisture by wiping down the sink after use, and quickly fix any clogged drains in your sink to prevent accumulation of bacteria.
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