Your Cutting Board
You may think that throwing your cutting board in the dishwasher means that it’s completely clean after the fact. But that’s not enough. The average cutting board is significantly dirtier than your own toilet. In fact, researchers at the University of Arizona found that cutting boards actually harbor 200 times more fecal bacteria than your average toilet seat. Yikes. Why is this the case? Well, think about the fact that you’re cutting raw meat on a cutting board. Fecal bacteria sometimes still linger in the meat, although these germs are killed off if you cook your meat properly. The grooves in your cutting board are also fantastic places for germs to live. Want to minimize infection? Don’t cut meat and vegetables on the same cutting board. And give your cutting boards, especially wooden ones, a good extended soak in a mix of water and bleach.