As it’s the place that we prepare and eat food, we don’t like to think that our kitchens are dirty.
But a new study has revealed the dirtiest appliance in the kitchen – and it’s one that gets a lot of use.
The culprit? The ever-so-handy microwave.
The research, carried out by cookware store Oliver’s Kitchen, found eight out of 10 people admitted to never cleaning their microwaves – which is particularly gross considering how often food spills over or soup spits as it’s heating up.
It’s also incredibly easy to clean a microwave, simply cut a lemon in half and squeeze both pieces into about 120ml of water in a microwaveable bowl, then add the pieces to the bowl. Afterwards, microwave for three minutes on high power and leave to stand for five minutes. When you open the door, wipe the whole microwave clean.
However, it’s not just our microwaves that are lacking a little TLC in the kitchen. According to the study, 69% of respondents said they did not clean their oven regularly either.
Uncovering more dirty habits, the research found that 48% admitted to not cleaning their fridge.
What’s more, 21% confessed to not washing their hands before preparing food and 62% said they did not wash or change their kitchen dishcloth regularly – which can become a hotspot for all kinds of nasty bacteria.
With new lockdown restrictions and most of us leaving the house a lot less, now is the perfect time to carry out some deep cleaning tasks using cupboard essentials. Just be sure to use products safely, as mixing chemicals can be dangerous.
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