How Dirty is YOUR Kitchen? Our Top ellumi Cleaning Tips

Is it true that your kitchen is dirtier than a toilet seat? The answer might shock you. Read ahead to check out some of our favorite tips to keep the kitchen clean.

According to Dr. Charles Gerba, a.k.a. Dr. Germ, “in most cases, it’s safer to make a salad on a toilet seat than it is to make one on a cutting board.” (

Luckily, the Ellumi Lighting under cabinet light addresses the issue of sanitation and bacteria through cutting-edge technology.

While many people think their kitchen is clean, the dirtiest item in the house is located in the kitchen – the sponge. About 15% of kitchen sponges contain bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella (, and its porous design allows it to harbor fecal bacteria and other germs because users don’t replace them often enough. Because sponges are usually wet, they make for the perfect environment for that bacteria to grow.

Dirty sponges are just one example of the bacteria-filled places in the kitchen. Another lesser-known item in the kitchen that harbors a lot of bacteria is the knife block.

When was the last time you cleaned your knife block? Months, years, never? It’s not too late to start!

Many people fail to properly clean the knife block, making it the perfect environment for germs. If you use knives frequently, then it is advisable to wash your knife block monthly. Remember not to leave knives in the kitchen sink for prolonged periods of time as they can rust and transfer bacteria between them.

We know that nothing can replace traditional cleaning methods.

The kitchen sink is also dirtier than your toilet but many assume that the sink cleans itself with running water ( The reality is that water alone does not fully sanitize the sink, and lingering food particles can help the growth of bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella which thrive in wet environments.

According to Phil Lempert from Forbes, the 2018 E.Coli and Salmonella outbreak highlights the need for change and technology in the food industry. Luckily, the Ellumi Lighting under cabinet light addresses the issue of sanitation and bacteria through cutting-edge technology. Ellumi safely eliminates up to 99%* of bacteria and over 25 germs – including Salmonella, C.Diff, E.coli, and MSRA – all while illuminating your surface. Ellumi works through specific wavelengths of visible light that actually inhibit bacteria reproduction and destroy cells.

This technology offers consumers a solution to a major health problem through continuous disinfection and a reduced risk of associated illness when used in conjunction with traditional cleaning methods.

The ellumi undercabinet light is great for providing continuous surface disinfection in the kitchen, but even we know that nothing can replace traditional cleaning methods. Here are five of our favorite cleaning tips that are sure to help you in the kitchen:

  1. Using disinfectant wipes to clean the kitchen counters.

  2. Sponges should be replaced weekly.

  3. If you want to clean your own, according to, mix ¾ cup bleach in one gallon of water and soak the sponge for 5 minutes.

  4. When it comes to using a knife block, and after using a knife, remember to clean the knife and dry it before putting it back.

  5. You can also sanitize the knife block by preparing a mixture of lukewarm water with 1 tablespoon of 5.25% bleach and soaking the block in the mixture for one minute.

While bacteria may be lurking in our kitchen, the good news is that there are steps we can take to lower the risk of infection. Through proper education, sanitation, and prevention we can keep a healthy and happy life.

Stay on the clean side with ellumi under cabinet lighting - it’s never too late to start cleaning and start living a healthier life for your family.

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