The Hidden (and Very Dirty) Truth About Kitchens [Infographic]

By on 28th February 2018 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Latest News

Do you think your kitchen is spick and span? Statistics show: probably not.

Even though we try our hardest, kitchen bacteria hide in unexpected places. Unclean surfaces, sponges and chopping boards can spread bacteria including E. coli, salmonella and listeriosis, which can leave you and your household with nasty food poisoning. A badly disinfected kitchen can even spread the common cold through surfaces infected by rhinoviruses.

At the office, we aren’t safe either: research by microbiologist Charles Gerba shows that one in ten office mugs carry dangerous germs, and one-fifth of these infected mugs carry faecal bacteria. Another study by Hayward Baker Solicitors shows that 35% of people have picked up an illness at work.

However, if you’re set out to give your office kitchen a proper clean, you should still be mindful of the cleaning products you choose: high quantities of Triclosan or caustic soda can have a harmful effect on your health as well.

Have a look at the following infographic to discover the hidden (and very dirty) truth about kitchens.

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Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.