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Why you shouldn't hang a kitchen towel on the oven handle: you will be surprised

Yulia PoteriankoLife
A towel can hardly be called the cleanest element of kitchen textiles

You can see a dish towel hanging on the oven handle in almost every kitchen. In fact, this is a pretty big mistake despite the fact that this is a very convenient place to place a towel.

According to Sante Plus, this is an unhygienic way to store a towel. During a day of use, it comes into contact with a lot of dirt and water and collects a lot of bacteria. Moreover, not all of them are safe enough as even pathogenic ones can be found. These bacteria end up on the handle and door of the oven and can get inside the oven and end up in the food.

You may also touch places that come into contact with a contaminated towel. That's why it doesn't belong on the oven handle. It is also a bad idea to place it on the refrigerator door.

So where to store a kitchen towel then? Kitchen hygiene experts advise placing it on a separate hook away from the food and not directly next to the sink.

If you're not sure if the towel is clean, you can quickly disinfect it. To do this, simply put the item in the microwave. The high temperature of the microwave kills all unwanted microorganisms. Simply put all the towels that need cleaning in an oven-safe bag and add enough white vinegar and water in a 1:2 ratio. Do not seal the bag tightly. Put it in the oven for 2 minutes on the high power setting.

It is also better to wash kitchen towels separately. For example, you can soak them in a bowl with your regular detergent before putting them in the general wash.

New kitchen towels are best soaked in cold water for a few hours to help them soften. Then they can be washed in the machine on a normal cycle at 30 degrees. Finally, let the towel dry and it will be soft and comfortable enough for further use.

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