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We’ve all seen the stories on the news about how dangerous your kitchen can be because of all of the germs it harbors. “Tonight at 11, your countertops can kill you!” Well, it turns out it’s not just the countertops, sink, and cutting board you need to disinfect on the regular. There’s another, seemingly unlikely spot in your kitchen that can spread germs and cause illness, too.

According to News Nation, the unexpected kitchen item that could be the biggest culprit for spreading germs is your spice rack. A USDA study found that spice containers have some of the highest contamination levels for microbes and bacteria. That’s because they’re rarely cleaned, and often grabbed without properly washing your hands first.

I have to admit, I never would have guessed that, but it makes perfect sense now that I think about it. Anytime I cook, I’m touching lots of things in the kitchen, including raw ingredients, then reaching for those spices. Of course cross-contamination is a possibility!

Researchers say that cutting boards and trash can lids were also high on the list of contaminated items.  Believe it or not, sink handles were among the cleanest. But I’d still watch out for those countertops.

The Features People Really Want In A Starter Home

When I bought my first house at the age of 27, I was happy that it had a roof, electricity, and running water. These days, young adults expect a little more in a starter home. I probably should have, too, especially when I see what young couples are buying on House Hunters.

According to PureWow, there are five features that first-time homebuyers are looking for in their starter homes. While his-and-her bathrooms may not be something everyone can afford in their first house, it’s always fun to dream while you scroll through the high-dollar listings on Zillow. And who knows? You might be able to get some of these things!

The Most Sought-After Features In A Starter Home

  • Smart home tech

    Smart thermostat

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  • Hardwood floors

    Room with hardwood floor

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  • Kitchen islands

    Kitchen with island

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  • Walk-in closets

    Walk-in closet

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  • Stainless steel appliances

    Stainless steel stove

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