These Are the Dirtiest Places in Your Kitchen (and How to Keep Them Clean)

PSA: there are things in your kitchen that you had no idea are really disgusting.

Sure, there are areas of the kitchen that are obviously somewhat gross; the garbage for instance. But your kitchen sink could be harvesting just as much bacteria.

Other spots are often overlooked, too—spots that need just as much TLC as the openly yucky ones.

Here are all the corners of the kitchen you're probably missing, and how to keep them clean.

Kitchen Sink

Not only is the kitchen sink used for all kinds of unsanitary things (storing dirty dishes, defrosting meat), it also stays damp 24/7. It's essentially a breeding ground for bacteria.

After you're done with sink activities for the night, spray it down with a disinfectant.

Faucets 

Yet another kitchen area that remains damp all day long.

To keep bacteria from building, remove the aerator (the mesh part of the faucet where the water comes out) and clean with a solution of water and white vinegar. Use the same mixture to wipe down the spout itself.

Baseboards

Who looks twice at the baseboards when cleaning the kitchen? They're an often-ignored area, but they're caked in dirt and cooking vapors.

Simply taking a minute to quickly wipe them down with a cloth or sponge after cooking can make a huge difference.

Towels 

Between touching it frequently (and not always with freshly washed hands), wiping down dishes, or other vapors in the air, it's inevitable that your dish towels get dirty very quickly.

Make sure to throw them in the laundry whenever possible. (Or just keep a ton of extras around.)

Coffee Maker

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Like your kitchen sink or any place that remains damp for extended periods of time, your coffee reservoir is going to attract bacteria.

Run your coffee maker with just water and a teaspoon of white vinegar once a week to cut down on mold and other germs.

Yes, your kitchen may be riddled with germs, but thankfully, it doesn't take a whole lot of effort to keep these areas clean.