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PLENTY of us clean our kitchens on a daily basis, we wipe down the sides and do the washing up, so we wouldn't expect bacteria to still be lurking.

But those pesky germs can stick around in places where we don't think to clean so often

1There are some places in your kitchen where germs could be lurking but you always forget to cleanCredit: Getty

If you want to banish the bacteria from your kitchen, the expert are on hand to help.

According to the pros at Good Housekeeping this is a list of the key areas you're missing when you're cleaning up in the kitchen.

Sponges

Ironically, sponges are supposed to make things cleaner but they are one of the worst places for hidden germs.

The experts said: "To disinfect them, clean them first using detergent and warm water, then soak them in a disinfectant, such as Milton Sterilising Fluid, for 15 minutes.

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"Wring out as much liquid as you can and allow to dry thoroughly. If you don’t have any sterilising fluid to hand, soaking in freshly boiled water is a quick fix."

Cloths and sponges should all be washed regularly and you can put them in the dishwasher when you run it but it would need to be on a hot cycle.

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Coffee machine water reservoir

Plenty of us would never think to clean out the tank that hold the water in your coffee machine.

Most of us just top up the water without thinking to deep clean the container but it could be harbouring yeast and mould.

You can blitz it with vinegar to descale it or check the coffee machine manual to see if there's a product they recommend.

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Your kitchen sink is often a hit spot for germs.

You can give it a thorough clean with an old toothbrush and disinfectant or bleach and make sure you really work on the plug hole.

Fridge handles and stove dials

Lots of us overlook the handles and oven dials that we actually touch all the time.

It's a good ideal to regularly clean these surfaces with warm water and detergent or use an antibacterial spray like Dettol.

Worktops

How you clean your worktop will depend on the material you've got installed for your kitchen counters.

The experts said: "In the evening after you’ve finished cooking for the day, it’s good practice to wipe all the kitchen counters with a clean cloth and an antibacterial spray to keep on top of germs and remember to regularly clean under and behind appliances like kettles and toasters."

Chopping boards

As much as we like to think we've blitzed our chopping boards, there could easily be bacteria lurking on the surface.

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If you can pop yours in the dishwasher, this is the best way to keep them clean.

The pros advised: "As an alternative, clean with hot soapy water, then pour freshly boiled water over it to sterilise. An antibacterial spray will help keep it germ-free but isn’t a substitute for a thorough wash."

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MOLLIE King has revealed the tragic news of her fathers death, just days before the birth her of her baby.

The Saturdays singer shared the sad news in an Instagram post, in which she explained that her dad had died of a brain tumour.

2Mollie (right) with her dad Steven King (left)Credit: Jam Press 2Brain tumours are on the rise in England with a 50 per cent surge in cases since 2001.Credit: Jam Press

She captioned the images: "Heartbroken beyond words. In August, my family’s world was shattered when my Dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

"Last week, we had to face the day we hoped would never come and say goodbye. Dad, we love you with all our hearts and we will miss you every single day.

"You have been our hero and it’s impossible to think of our lives without you."

She went onto reveal that her dad met her baby daughter Annabella, who she gave birth to last week.

Brain tumours are on the rise in England with a 50 per cent surge in cases since 2001.

The Brain Tumour Charity said the ageing population means more people are at risk and high-tech scans are detecting more cases.

Four in 10 cases don’t get caught until someone is in A&E, by which time survival chances are slim.

According to the NHS, the symptoms of a brain tumour depend on its severity and which part of the brain is affected.

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  • Vomiting.
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  • Personality or behaviour changes.
  • Seizures.
  • Drowsiness or even coma.
  • Meanwhile, a new treatment has been found to stop aggressive tumours in their tracker, experts have revealed.

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