Dr Oz: How to Clean a Kitchen Sponge
Dr. Oz is revealing the biggest germ spots in your kitchen and bathroom! You will be shocked when you learn just how much bacteria is growing in the kitchen gadgets you use on a daily basis. Dr. Oz and an expert from the National Sanitation Foundation will offer tips to kill the bacteria and get rid of the unhealthy germs once and for all!
Dr Oz: Tips to Clean Your Kitchen Blender
Dr. Oz enlisted the help of NSF, the National Sanitation Foundation, to find out where the germs are lurking in your kitchen and the results might shock you and have you running to clean every surface. Lisa Yakas, a microbiologist with NSF, told Dr. Oz she found e.coli, Salmonella, yeast, and mold in a kitchen blender because many people do not realize this kitchen gadget actually comes apart. She says even if you wash your blender thoroughly, you will not remove every bit of bacteria unless you take off and clean the gasket that sits under the blade.
- Separate gasket, blades, jar, and lid
- Wash pieces in hot, soapy water or dishwasher after every use
- Dry completely before reassembling
Dr Oz: How to Clean a Coffee Maker
Dr. Oz always believed his coffee maker was pretty germ-free, especially since the water gets to such a high temperature, but Lisa Yakas says the water reservoir is a dark, moist environment, which makes it a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.
- Clean coffee machine every 1-2 months
- Fill with White Vinegar and soak for 30 minutes
- Run through machine
- Repeat with 2 cycles of water
Dr Oz: How Often Should Your Replace a Kitchen Sponge?
Do you replace your kitchen sponges on a regular basis or are you like Dr. Oz, who says he does not remember ever replacing a sponge in his home? Lisa Yakas says sponges are possibly the germiest spot in a home, but they are also the easiest to sanitize.
- Once per day place your wet sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes to kill germs
- Replace sponges every 2 weeks
Dr Oz: What Germs Are Lurking in Your Kitchen Drawers?
The next area of the kitchen that Lisa Yakas and the NSF tackled was your utensil drawer. Would you believe there are some hidden germs lurking in there that you might not be aware of? The first is a plastic spatula, which comes apart and should be disassembled when washed.