Sometimes our busy lives mean that we do not pay enough attention to household chores as we may like which means it can be helpful to separate the facts from the myths when it comes to kitchen hygiene. The kitchen is the room in the house where most of the mess is created, and therefore it needs the most attention. It is also the ideal place for bacteria to thrive because of the warm and moist conditions. Below are a few tips for kitchen cleaning.
Myth: Sponges And Dishcloths Clean Themselves
Sponges and dishcloths that are used for washing up are often soaked in hot water that contains detergent, and so the misconception exists that these items are often clean. In fact, that can be some of the dirtiest things in the kitchen and have more bacteria than the handle on a toilet.
It is recommended that sponges and dishcloths are replaced every two to three weeks to keep them free of bacteria. They should also be left to dry in a location where the air can get to them as this prevents them remaining damp.
Myth: Utensil Holders And Knife Blocks Are Clean
Knife blocks and utensil holders are very popular because they help to keep your kitchen looking organized and tidy. It is critical that they are regularly cleaned as it is very easy for bacteria to start breeding here.
Further problems could occur when utensil holders are not cleaned regularly because dirt and bacteria could transfer to other cutlery that they come into contact with.
There are knife blocks available on the market which have antibacterial properties. These are often a good choice because it’s hard to clean in between the small gaps in the block where the knives sit. Utensil holders should be cleaned regularly with a disinfectant, and it can also be useful if you wash the utensils at the same time so you can be sure that everything is clean.
Fact: Kitchen Surfaces Should Be Wiped Clean Before And After Food Preparation
Most of us know how important it is to wipe down work surfaces after we have finished preparing food on them. However, it is just as important to make sure that the surfaces are clean before you start any preparation. You also need to make sure that your hands are clean before you start cooking.
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It is very easy for germs to spread around the kitchen once they are on your hands which are why care should always be taken. These germs can come from objects such as door handles and the kitchen tap, and once they are on your hands, then they will spread to everything else that you touch. If these germs find their way into your food, then this could cause an upset stomach.
What a quick wipe over of all the surfaces that you would usually use to prepare food both before and after you have cooked is enough to make sure that these germs are kept at bay, and this will also stop them spreading around the rest of the kitchen.