Kitchens are often the most difficult to clean areas of the house. Grease stains from past cooking, stray pieces of food- cleaning the general area can take time. Since it is where we prepare our meals, your kitchen should always be hygienic. Any contamination here can make you sick and with disease rife in the air, it is essential to sanitize the cooking area regularly.
Regularly used items like knives and chopping boards are more likely to carry germs. They must be washed and sanitized after every use to optimize safety. Wash even fruits and vegetables thoroughly before storage. Since meats and other proteins get contaminated easily, they require extra care.
Cleaning refers to things like wiping counters and washing dirty dishes. It involves only the removal of visible dirt.
On the other hand, sanitization means eliminating germs and other pathogens invisible to the naked eye. Both steps are essential to have a clean and germ-free kitchen.
Here are other ways you can make sure your cooking area remains sparkling and pathogen-free.
1. Use Household Bleach to Sanitize
Use non-scented, EPA-approved household bleach to sanitize your things. Bleaching helps get rid of bacteria and viruses- it is more effective than simply washing with detergent.
The proper steps should follow this pattern- cleaning with a household cleaner and then dipping into the bleach mix. Air drying lets the bleach dissipate naturally.
- When preparing the bleach mixture, use warm or cold water.
- Using hot water makes it evaporate and the solution ineffective.
- Put about half a cup of bleach and add a gallon of cold/warm water to it to get the perfect solution.
- Since bleach is known to corrode both metals and plastic, you must dilute it heavily before use.
The bleach’s potency is known to fade when kept unused. So it is advisable to get a new solution if your mixture has been sitting too long.
Prepare a solution and use it to wipe down the kitchen. Everything from the counters, the stove to the chimney-piece can do with a bit of sanitization. You can also use it as a spray to sanitize those hard-to-reach places. Bleach is known to kill most germs. And with its easy availability, a bleach solution is one of the easiest methods to keep your kitchen clean.
Items like phones and remote controls are hotbeds of bacteria. Since they are exposed to a lot of touches, you should avoid them when cooking. Maybe you’ll get the urge to watch TV or play some music – try to avoid touching remotes and phones. But if you do, wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial handwash before returning to meal preparations.
You need to be extra careful when handling meat. Raw proteins like chicken contaminate very quickly and can also affect other foods. After chopping the meat, use hot water and a strong household cleaner to clean the board and knife. Dip it into a bleach solution to get rid of bacteria.
Even when choosing your ingredients, you may shift through many vegetables. As a result, germs may transfer from one item to another. Make it a point not to touch vegetables and fruit unless necessary. If possible, use hot water to cleanse them before using. This practice helps get rid of the bacteria as well as any lingering agricultural chemicals.
If you wish to keep pathogens at bay, make sure to organize your cutlery. In a messy kitchen, knives, forks, spoons are all clustered together. If there is a need for a specific item, you have to go through everything to get it. As a result, the entire pile of cutlery gets contaminated. Place things in their respective places to avoid such a mess.
Organize your drawers so that the items have specific places. Put aside a drawer, especially for knives and forks. Also, have a regularly sanitized workbox where your place your most used items. If you think some of your cutlery needs more thorough cleaning than regular, put them in the dishwasher. The highest heat setting on the machine will do the trick.
4. Watch out for Food Debris
Sometimes you don’t notice the little scraps of food in the kitchen. They may lie behind the stove or other obscure areas. Leaving scraps in such places can make your whole kitchen unhygienic. Scrape and dispose of them in the waste bin even before you begin washing your dishes.
Use a sponge or a brush to clean those areas where food has gotten split. Use detergent mixed in a bowl of warm water or even a bleach mix to clean the counters. Make sure you use a clean dishcloth to do the final wiping. Otherwise, you could be undoing all your precious work.
Keep some hand sanitizer handy throughout the kitchen to make it easier to stay protected, and get in touch with our team if you need any cleaning assistance.