We are a nation of proud home owners who love our kitchens. Not just for cooking but often for socialising and eating in as well. However, as much as we love them, the kitchen probably requires more cleaning than any other room in the house.
Your kitchen is the ideal environment for bacteria to thrive and multiply and it’s because of the warm and moist conditions.
So, it’s probably helpful to know the FACTS when it comes to cleaning the kitchen. Here’s a list of the biggest kitchen cleaning myths:
Dishcloths and sponges are self clean
We may clean dishes with them but dishcloths are definitely not as clean as you think they are. In reality, they’re a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
In fact, they could even contain six times as much bacteria as a toilet handle.
Replace your cloths every two – three weeks to keep things hygienic and make sure you leave them to air dry after every use.
Knife blocks and utensil holders don’t need cleaning
Although great for organising your culturally, knife blocks and utensil holders are covered in bacteria. You wouldn’t want mould being transferred to your knives and forks, would you?
So, make sure you clean and disinfected them regularly. Think about investing in a knife block with antibacterial properties or one that’s dishwasher safe.
Rinsing your hands is enough
We are all brought up to wash our hands regularly but water alone isn’t enough to rid them of the 3,000 different kinds of bacteria they pick up just from touching items around the home.
Washing your hands is the most effective way to stop the spread of bacteria but you need to use hand sanitiser or anti-bacterial wash for it to be effective. Make sure to do this before and after preparing food.
You only need to disinfect kitchen surfaces AFTER preparing food
It’s likely you already wipe down surfaces after cooking but you might not know that you should be wiping them down before, as well.
You’re constantly touching kitchen surfaces and transferring the bacteria from your hands to your food when cooking.
Avoid stomach upsets by cleaning and disinfecting surfaces BEFORE preparing food as well as after it.