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The Top 6 Germiest Appliances in Your Kitchen

Are you scrubbing-out your refrigerator regularly? Washing your blender after making a shake? If you’re slacking, you may want to reconsider the cleanliness of your kitchen appliances after reading this.

When you live an on-the-go lifestyle, it’s easy to forget to frequently clean your kitchen. How many times have you walked past a mountain of dishes piling up in your sink and said to yourself “Eh, I’ll get that later”.

Well, reports show that you may want to clean the items in your kitchen sooner rather than later.


The Study

In a recent study done by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), an agency responsible for standardizing public sanitation and food safety requirements, researchers put together a germ study analyzing 14 common kitchen appliances.1

The microbiologists tested them for 4 different microorganisms harmful to humans: E. coli, Salmonella, yeast and/or mold, and Listeria. The top 6 germiest kitchen items may surprise you.

Which items do you think were the germiest? The forks? The sink faucet? The answer hits closer to home for those frequently making protein shakes with Impact Whey Protein.

Yes, your blender is in the top 3 germiest items in the kitchen, which contained 3 of the 4 microorganisms tested.

If not taken care of properly, your blender, your go-to appliance post workout, may contain Salmonella, E. coli, and yeast and/or mold according to the findings from the NSF.

The second germiest part of the kitchen serves as a wake-up call to all carnivores. That’s right —The meat compartment of the refrigerator tested positive for Salmonella, E. coli, and yeast and mold.

Unfortunately, vegetarians aren’t safe from these mischievous microscopics either. The award for the germiest kitchen item goes to the vegetable compartment of the fridge due it its high concentration of Salmonella, Listeria, and yeast/mold.

Rounding out the rest of the top 6 germiest kitchen appliances were the can openers, rubber spatulas, and food storage containers with rubber seals.

According to the NSF, more than 20 percent of food-borne illness outbreaks arise from food that was consumed in homes.

NSF experts state that the causes of these in-home outbreaks are due to improper food storage, mishandling of foods, and poor preparation when cooking.

Take Home Message

Treat your kitchen appliances as if they were a part of you. According to these findings, not cleaning things like your blender or food compartments may put you at a higher risk for contracting one of these food-borne illnesses.

If you want to stay healthy, wash your blender.

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.

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Ian Roden

Ian Roden

Writer and expert

A Fordham University graduate, Ian majored in communications and media studies with a focus in journalism and a minor in anthropology during his time at college. Here, he wrote for the university newspaper ranked top ten in the nation.

A competitive athlete for most of his life, Ian has spent almost a decade working as an ocean rescue lifeguard in New Jersey. Within that role, he has competed in endurance sports competitions against other lifeguards for the last 8 years.

As a lifelong surfer, Ian spends most of his spare time in the ocean regardless of the time of year. He also enjoys distance running, photography, and frequently spending entirely too much money on concert tickets.

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