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11 Everyday Items You Don’t Wash Nearly Enough

Taste of Home Logo By Charlotte Hilton Andersen of Taste of Home | Slide 1 of 11: Just look at the water catcher full of stagnant liquid in your fridge door, and you can see how it would be a perfect breeding ground for germs. But the danger goes beyond what you can see and into the entire water dispenser, according to a study done by the National Sanitation Foundation. Researchers found “concerning” levels of yeast, mold and bacteria inside and outside the in-unit water dispensers. To stay safe, make sure you empty the water-catching tray on a regular basis and routinely wipe down all the external parts. For a guide on how to sanitize the internal parts, check with your refrigerator instruction manual. While you're at it, here's the best way to clean out your fridge.

Refrigerator water dispensers

Just look at the water catcher full of stagnant liquid in your fridge door, and you can see how it would be a perfect breeding ground for germs. But the danger goes beyond what you can see and into the entire water dispenser, according to a study done by the National Sanitation Foundation. Researchers found “concerning” levels of yeast, mold and bacteria inside and outside the in-unit water dispensers. To stay safe, make sure you empty the water-catching tray on a regular basis and routinely wipe down all the external parts. For a guide on how to sanitize the internal parts, check with your refrigerator instruction manual. While you're at it, here's the best way to clean out your fridge.

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