Family Togetherness

100 Ways to Become a Healthier Family

Tips and recipes to keep your family healthy and happy
kitchen sink
Getty Images
prev Day 83 next

The No. 1 germiest place in America? Your kitchen sink

“Clean your kitchen counters and sink with an antibacterial product after preparing or rinsing food, especially raw fruits and vegetables, which carry lots of potential pathogens like salmonella, campylobacter, and E. coli,” says Philip Tierno, PhD, author of The Secret Life of Germs and the director of clinical microbiology at New York University Medical Center. Sanitize sponges by running them through the dishwasher’s drying cycle. As for the sink, clean it twice a week with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach and one quart of water. Scrub the basin, then pour the solution down the drain.