The Kitchen is the heart of every home. No doubts about it! As soon as you finished cooking breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen, it is time to think about lunch. By the time you have done that, you have to start preparations to make those hot fresh snacks for your kids coming home from school. In short this is the liveliest part of the home. A kitchen may appear perfectly clean, yet,it can be tainted with a lot of microbes that can potentially cause diseases.So, it’s important not only to wash your hands, but also to clean kitchen surfaces and cooking utensils to prevent the spread of bacteria.
How to do this successfully? Well, cleaning and disinfecting are two procedures that work hand in hand to keep your kitchen safe from these disease-causing microbes. While cleaning effectively gets rid of grease, food residues and dirt, disinfecting kills the disease-causing germs.
How Do Germs Spread?
Any kitchen item can become contaminated by direct contact with contaminated people, food, pets or other environmental sources.No matter how clean your kitchen looks, germs can thrive on dishes and kitchen surfaces. Cross contamination is the major cause of germs spreading in the kitchen.
- The first and foremost “equipment” that can potentially spread germs in the kitchen is the human hand. Improper cleaning of hand while handling high-risk food like meat, can spread bacteria to dishes, cooking utensils, and other ingredients via cross contamination.
- Bacteria on a cutting board can multiply to twice the number within 10 minutes of use.
- Your scrubber may carry left over particles of food which may spread germs to all your dishes.
Cleaning Your Dishes and Cooking Utensils
Thorough cleaning of all articles with which your food comes in contact food, like dishes and cooking utensils, is very crucial to prevent the spreading of germs. You can easily do this by means of dishwash bars/ liquids and using antibacterial scrubbers like Scotch-Brite Antibacterial scrub pad . Rinsing the utensils with hot water will enhance the result.You can use antibacterial Dishwash and Scotch-Brite Antibacterial Scrub pad to clean knife blades, and dishes and other utensils.
Disinfect Your Kitchen Work Surfaces
Immovable or big kitchen work surfaces like kitchen bench tops or kitchen slabs are not as to easy toclean as the utensils. You can clean kitchen surfaces with hot soapy water after cooking. This will help to bring down the chances of cross-contamination to a great extent.
Disinfect Your Kitchen Sink
When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, people tend to overlook one of the dirtiest parts of the kitchen- the kitchen sink. In fact, the kitchen sink is often more germ-ridden than your toilet seat. Therefore, make sure you are giving proper attention and care to disinfect the kitchen sink. For this,
- Use Scotch-Brite Scrubbers or Sink Brushes to remove water spots, soap and food deposits, food stains, rust, etc.
- Rubbing with baking soda will help to remove the stains from the sink
- Amalgamation of lemon and powdered Borax is also excellent to remove the spots from the stainless-steel sink. Vinegar is also an excellent stain remover.
- Make sure the sink is clog free. For this,
- On a regular basis pour baking soda with warm water down the drain.
- After finishing the kitchen chores, pour 1 cup of hot water into the drain. After one minute dispense 1 cup of, preferably undiluted, chlorine bleach into the drain. Let it stay like that for the night. Do this once in a week or a couple of weeks. This has both sanitizing and odor free effect on your sink. Moreover, it will also help keep sink clog free.
How To Prevent Dishes And Utensils Being A Source Of Germs In Your Kitchen
Scrub It with Scotch-Brite Anti Bacterial Scrub Pad (Your secret weapon to keep your kitchen utensils clean)
Cross contamination more often happens through kitchen tools. The most common kitchen tools which usually bring about cross contamination are working surfaces, knives and cutting boards. As cross-contamination happens because the utensils and work surfaces are not being cleaned properly, prevention of cross-contamination is only possible by strictly following the cleanliness.
- Wash the knife and cutting boards and utensils thoroughly. Use an effective tool like Scotch-Brite Anti-Bacterial Scrub Pad.
- Using a good scrubber like Scotch-Brite Antibacterial Scrub pad while washing will help to remove traces of food, where the microbes that cause food poisoning dwell, from the utensils.
Scotch-Brite Anti Bacterial Scrub Pad with Neem Fragrance is a unique scrub pad fortified with anti-bacterial formula that prevents bacteria from growing on the pad.
Top Tips For Keeping Your Kitchen Utensils Hygienically Clean
- Wooden chopping boards should be replaced regularly as germs thrive on them
- Kitchen counters should be wiped down with food-safe disinfectant before and after every use
- Utensils with the Scotch-Brite Antibacterial Scrub Pad after each use.
- Observable food debris should be got rid of by means of the scrubber and hot soapy water from crevices, recesses, or tight areas and the washable parts of complex appliances, such as food processors, blenders, and eggbeaters. After this, they should be rinsed with plenty of water