It’s considered by some to be the powerhouse of the family, others deem it the magical four-walled space where pure happiness is birthed—you guessed it, we’re talking about no other world but the kitchen.
The necessity of keeping this area as humanly clean as possible cannot be overemphasized, as the resultant hazards of a failure to do so are pretty dire. The best way to keep your kitchen clean is to make a habit of cleaning up as you work, and taking care of a few chores each day so that messes don’t pile up.
In this article, we’ll be educating you on the most effective ways to maintain your kitchen hygiene so that such a coveted place doesn’t turn to a nightmarish cage of illnesses and food poisoning.
Let’s look at ten simple ways to keep your kitchen sparkling;
1) Wash your hands before and after preparing food.
To wash your hands properly, rinse them under running water. Add soap, and lather for 30 seconds. Make sure to get under your nails and between your fingers. Rinse your hands under running water, and pat them dry with a clean towel.
- Washing your hands before preparing food will prevent the spread of bacteria and dirt to your food.
- Washing your hands after cooking will prevent the spread of bacteria from the food to other items in your house. This is especially important after working with meat and poultry.
2) Disinfect after preparing food.
When you’re finished preparing a meal, clean the areas where you were working to kill bacteria that may have been present on the raw food. Clean all cutting tools and boards in hot soapy water. Spray down counters, sinks, and other surfaces with a disinfecting kitchen spray. Wipe the areas with a clean cloth.
3) Clean up after each meal.
Meal preparation and eating can make a mess in the kitchen. One of the best ways to keep your kitchen clean is to clean food and dishes after each meal. That way, messes don’t pile up, and you have a clean kitchen to work with at the start of your next meal. After each meal:
- Clear the table
- Transfer leftovers to airtight containers and store them in the refrigerator or freezer
- Wash, dry, and put away all the dishes
- Run the dishwasher when it’s full
- Clean spills, crumbs, and messes from the stove, floors, table, and counters
- Wash out the sink
4) Clear off your countertops.
Having empty counters is a great way to keep a kitchen looking neat and organized, and it also gives you more space for food preparation and other work. Here are some ideas for clearing cluttered counters:
- Store small appliances like toasters and coffeemakers in cupboards
- Keep non-refrigerated produce in a fruit bowl on the kitchen table
- Designate a special drawer for random items that are often used in the kitchen, like pens, paper, and mail
- Find a permanent home for all pots, pans, and kitchenware
- Store all ingredients, including often-used flour and sugar, in the pantry
5) Clean and disinfect your garbage can regularly.
Because your garbage can stores trash and food waste, it can harbor mold, mildew, smells, and bacteria. It’s important to clean and disinfect your garbage can once a month to keep your kitchen clean and sanitary. To clean the can thoroughly:
- Rinse the can outside with a hose or in the bathtub
- Spray the inside and outside with an enzymatic or disinfecting spray
- Put on gloves and scrub the inside and outside of the can
- Rinse the can with clean water
- Pat the can dry or let it air dry outside
6) Empty the dishwasher when the cycle ends.
A full dishwasher can mean that dishes start piling up in the sink, and this makes for a messy kitchen. To avoid this, empty the dishwasher when the dishes are clean, and return all the dishes to their proper places. That way, you can put dirty dishes from the sink into the dishwasher and keep the kitchen neat and tidy.
7) Clean the refrigerator and freezer.
The refrigerator is where you keep most of your food, so it’s important for both safety and cleanliness to keep this appliance clean. Clean spills as they occur. Once a month, remove all the food from the refrigerator and freezer and wipe the drawers, shelves, and interior surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe the surfaces dry and return the food.
- To absorb smells in the refrigerator, keep an open box of baking soda or a bowl of coffee beans in the refrigerator.
8) Reheat food properly.
Because bacteria can grow on foods that are the right temperature, it’s important to reheat leftovers to at least 165 F (74 C) before eating them. This will kill any bacteria that could cause food poisoning.
- The easiest and most effective way to determine the temperature of food is with a food thermometer.
9) Sweep the floor daily.
Kitchen floors get messy very quickly with dust, crumbs, food particles, and other matter. To keep the floor clean, sweep or vacuum the floor in the kitchen every evening after the final meal, or each morning before breakfast.
- Sweeping regularly around the whole house will help minimize dust and allergens throughout the house as well.
On top of daily sweeping, you should also mop the floor every week to keep the floor clean. Mopping will remove dirt, spills, sticky spots, and other messes from the floor. Fill a bucket with soapy water and use a sponge or mop to wash the entire kitchen floor.
- Allow the floor to dry fully before walking on it again to prevent slips and footmarks on the floor. Make sure floors don’t present a trip hazard, e.g., if linoleum tears, replace it.
10) Use multiple cutting boards
To prevent cross-contamination of foods, use separate cutting boards and knives for meat and vegetables. This is important because foods like vegetables don’t always get cooked as thoroughly as meat. If bacteria from the meat gets transferred to the vegetables, it can cause serious illness.
- To make your job easier, try using different colors for your meat utensils and vegetable ones.
Well there you have it. Follow these tips religiously and you’ll not only find out that your family’s healthier, but the food might be a lot tastier as well! A lot of this seems like common knowledge but you’d be surprised how many people stuff their garbage cans for days till they begin to look like a herd of inflatable monsters. Consider this a friendly reminder and also remember to stay in touch with us for more health and wellness tips! Chop chop away!
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