The kitchen area is perhaps one of the most important part of any household. It provides the necessary space for storing and preparing foods. Even for some people, a typical day usually begins by heading to the kitchen for a cup of coffee or a healthy breakfast to fill them up.
However, according to National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), some of the tools used in the kitchen tend to have more bacteria and fecal contamination compared to other places in the house. This could pose a lot of problems especially for anyone, hosts and guest alike.
That’s why keeping its safety and cleanliness must always be a top priority to prevent the continuous spread of harmful diseases.
Here are some of the most helpful ways to keep your kitchen safe and clean:
Clean all the sponges
Unfortunately, most people nowadays forget that due to constant contact with other dirty materials, sponges are the best candidates for being the germiest items not only in the kitchen but also for the whole house itself. While convenient as they are, sponges are the least advisable tools for cleaning because their moisture serves as the best reservoir for microbes.
In case you still prefer to use sponge, disinfect it regularly and change it every two weeks. The best way to disinfect sponges is by boiling them in a pot of water for five minutes.
Declutter the sink
There are a couple of reasons as to why you should always remember to clean your kitchen sink. First is that lumps of organic matter like random scraps of food can clogged up the drain of your kitchen sink, which can ruin its pipes in the process. Second is that it also makes an ideal breeding ground for germs like salmonella and E. coli. To prevent these from happening, clean your sink with soap and hot water or apply a solution of bleach to sanitize the area.
Organize the things on your countertops
Countertops can be the most easily noticeable part of your kitchen, so maintaining it organized and neat can leave a good and lasting impression to other people. Not to mention it can provide additional space. There are a lot of practical ways to organize your countertops. Here are some just to name a few:
- Place a bowl or can on the corner of your countertop to keep all the junks like papers and wrappers in one place and put them all in the trash later.
- Some bigger utensils such as strainers and spatulas can be placed in a jar instead of stuffing them all up in the drawer.
- Try to divide all of your things into certain sections of the counter so that you can easily find them.
Avoid overloading your fridge
Overloading your fridge can hinder the circulation of cold air, which helps in slowing the growth of bacteria. Also, never forget to wipe it regularly with a cloth moistened with an antibacterial spray.
Keep your hands clean
Washing your hands is a great way to stop the further spread of germs in the kitchen. Keep your hands clean at all times both for cooking and eating. The general rule of the thumb is that washing your hands long enough to sing the whole “Happy Birthday” song can effectively remove most of the germs lingering between your fingers.
Always use at least two cutting boards
Using a single cutting board can permit all kinds of microbes to contaminate all the foods you prepare. Having one for cutting meat and another for vegetables is fairly acceptable. Additionally, also use separate knives for the same purpose.
Use clean and safe water
Before cooking, check if the water you use is safe and clean. As mentioned before, bacteria easily gets attracted by moisture, so water is obviously not an exception. If you’re unsure to the cleanliness of your water, boil it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Keep the floor clean
Just like the living room and bedroom, the kitchen floor also needs an equal attention when it comes in cleaning. Since they easily get so messy with all the dusts and dirty stuff lying around, sweeping it daily can make a big difference. You can also mop it at least once a week for better results.
Have a fire extinguisher in case of emergency
According to American Red Cross, most of home fire cases start from the kitchen. So, having a fire extinguisher near the kitchen’s vicinity can be pretty handy in case of fire-related accidents. At the same time, educate yourself to some of the basic fire-preventive measures in the kitchen:
- Be mindful of your cooking. Never leave the stove unattended.
- Keep away all the flammable materials from your stovetop. These could be electric cords, curtains, and rags.
- Extinguish candles and unplug electric appliances after use.
- Always prepare a fire-escape plan that includes a fast and safe path from your kitchen.
There are a lot of other foolproof solutions to retain the cleanliness of your kitchen. But simply following these 9 simple ways can definitely optimize your pursuit for a fresh, safe, and stress-free kitchen environment.