An expert has issued a warning about eight "overlooked" and "dangerous" bacteria hotspots in British kitchens.

Keeping the items we use everyday sparkling clean is "crucial" to protect ourselves and keep our families safe.

“Restaurants, bars, and other establishments in the hospitality industry have very high cleaning standards for a reason, and your kitchen should be no different," Guy Cooper, Managing Director at Mitchell & Cooper, commented.

Guy continued: "Bacteria can grow at a rapid rate leading to illness, disease, and even death in extreme cases.

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"So, roll up your sleeves, put on your cleaning gloves, and get ready to rejuvenate your kitchen. Your future self will thank you for it".

The Mitchell & Cooper managing director urged the public to target these eight "overlooked" and "neglected" spots to achieve a "sparkling clean kitchen that's conducive to a healthy living environment".

What are the dirtiest places in the kitchen?

Can/tin opener

Often overlooked in a deep cleaning routine, it can accumulate harmful bacteria like E. coli and salmonella.

Ensure to thoroughly clean and sanitise your can opener after each use to prevent contamination.

Knife blocks

Kinfe storage can often go unnoticed during cleaning routines but can accumulate food particles and bacteria if left unchecked.

Disassemble your knife block and clean each slot with warm, soapy water. Ensure it's completely dry before reassembling to prevent mould growth.

Wooden spoons and utensils

They may be kitchen essentials, but they can absorb odours and harbour bacteria over time.

To refresh them, create a solution of equal parts water and vinegar, and soak the utensils for a few hours.

Then, rinse them thoroughly and allow them to air dry. 

Refrigerator seals

The rubber seals around refrigerator doors provide an airtight seal to keep your food fresh.

However, they can also trap moisture and food particles, creating an ideal environment for mould and bacteria to thrive.

Regularly wipe down the seals with a mixture of vinegar and water to prevent buildup.

Reusable grocery bags

While reusable grocery bags are eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bags, they can harbour harmful bacteria if not cleaned regularly.

Food spills and leaks can contaminate the interior of the bags, leading to bacterial growth.

Wash reusable bags in hot, soapy water after each use, and allow them to air dry thoroughly.

Professional kitchen equipment expert Guy Cooper from Mitchell & Cooper has shared the eight overlooked items you need to clean. ( Getty Images)Professional kitchen equipment expert Guy Cooper from Mitchell & Cooper has shared the eight overlooked items you need to clean. (Getty Images) (Image: Getty Images)

Coffee makers

Your morning cup of coffee may be harbouring more than just caffeine.

Coffee makers, especially those with water reservoirs, can accumulate mineral deposits, mould, and bacteria over time.

Regularly clean your coffee maker by running a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar through a brewing cycle, followed by a cycle of clean water to rinse.

Rubber spatulas

Rubber spatulas are versatile kitchen tools, but their crevices can trap food particles and bacteria if not cleaned properly.

Pay close attention to the area where the rubber meets the handle, as this is a common hiding spot for bacteria.

Wash rubber spatulas thoroughly with hot, soapy water, and consider replacing them if they show signs of wear and tear.

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Sink drain

While it may seem counterintuitive, the very place where you wash your dishes can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Food particles and organic matter can accumulate in the sink drain, creating a foul odour and providing a habitat for bacteria.

Regularly clean your sink drain by pouring boiling water down the drain, followed by a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to break down buildup.