If you dropped a piece of fruit in your kitchen sink while rinsing it, would you think twice about popping it in your mouth? What if you dropped it in the toilet?
Germs like cold viruses and bacteria can live in some unexpected spots. Here are six surprisingly dirty places in your home — like your kitchen sink — and what you can do to protect yourself.
A study published in Medical Mycology found that dishwashers worldwide were perfect breeding grounds for various fungal and bacterial species that can be harmful to humans.
Red yeast, black mold, and candida yeast were the most likely to grow in the warm, moist, alkaline environment of a dishwasher.
The study concluded that 62% of dishwashers were positive for some kind of fungi.
So how do you kill fungi and bacteria in your dishwasher?
First, remove the racks from your dishwasher and use hot, soapy water to wash them by hand. Let the racks air dry.
While they dry, combine a half of a cup of distilled white vinegar with two cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Spray the inside of the dishwasher and give it a good scrub. You may want to use a toothbrush for some of the crevices and the seal.
Put the racks back in the dishwasher and fill a small …
The researchers, whose findings are published in Fungal Biology, say the invasion of black yeasts into our homes is a potential health risk. Biologist Dr Polona Zalar, of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and colleagues said: ‘The discovery of this widespread presence of extremophilic fungi in some of our common household appliances suggests these organisms have embarked on an extraordinary evolutionary process that could pose a significant risk to human health in the future.' In the case of dishwashers, high temperatures are intermittently produced and aggressive detergents and high concentrations of salt are used in each washing cycle.
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