Get your Kitchen Safe
Can you take a quick guess as to what the germiest items in your kitchen are?
If you answered dish sponges and rags, then you are absolutely right! Studies show that unless regularly cleaned and sanitized, common surfaces and appliances in kitchens may serve as the perfect growing environment for many disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella.
Follow these tips and learn the fundamentals of a clean kitchen:
Use gentle cleansers such as lemon, distilled white vinegar, and baking soda to soak your utensils before cleaning them with chemical detergents.
Avoid using a sponge to wipe spills from ground beef and poultry. Instead, use paper towels or disinfectant wipes to prevent the spread of germs.
Designate different sponges for specific cleaning-tasks such as washing the dishes, and wiping counters. However, remember to sterilize sponges by soaking them in an antibacterial solution, then microwaving them on high for one minute. You could also use the dishwasher to lower the risk of cross-contamination.
Wipe up spills immediately, and choose the appropriate cleanser for each specific surface.
Replace your kitchen sponge every two weeks, and toss it out immediately once it starts to smell.
Empty your refrigerator every week, and wipe the interior with a solution of two tablespoons of baking soda and one quarter cup of water. Rinse with a wet cloth, then use a clean towel to dry. Also, wash shelves and drawers in the sink and dry properly before placing them back.
Place your clean sponge in a dry location and avoid storing it on wet countertops or leaving it in an enclosed space such as a bucket or under the sink as that gives bacteria the perfect breeding ground.
Your kitchen guide to cleaning products:
|Cleaning Product||When to Use It|
|Liquid Detergent||Used with hot water for maximum results when removing grease and dirt from equipment and surfaces.|
|Liquid Disinfectant||Use this after your surface is cleaned with the liquid detergent. In order for the disinfectant to work best, the surface area should not have any grease or dirt.|
|Anti-Bacterial Products||Anti-bacterial products combine both cleaning and disinfecting functions, and are great for added protection. However, check on the instructions and usage advice before applying to any surface.|
|Kitchen Sponge||The sponge is a useful tool for wiping spills because of its absorbency. Avoid using it for cleaning up spills from ground beef or poultry, and make sure it is properly dried every time.|