There’s never been a more important time to keep your house clean, with everyone doing their bit to reduce the spread of Covid-19, as well as other bacteria that are lurking around during the flu season. One area in both homes and offices which most people in the property will use is the kitchen, which has many different types of surface where you can find germs.
If you want to prevent the spread of infections at touch points in your kitchen, here are some top cleaning tips to follow.
Keep Kitchen Surfaces Clean
Sinks and countertops are two of the most important places to keep clean in your kitchen. Not only are they places where food sources and hands may come into contact with, but many people rest other items on their kitchen surfaces too. This includes mobiles, shopping bags and letters. You may think these areas look clean, but they could be harvesting a range of infectious particles which others can pick up if they touch the same spot.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
While a quick wipe over with a wet cloth can remove food residue, visible dirt and grease first, it could also spread the bacteria around the surface, so it’s vital to disinfect these spots after with a good product. You must use the right type of cleaning product when cleaning your kitchen, using a disinfectant designed for every kind of surface you clean.
Prepare Food Safely
It’s easy for bacteria to spread anywhere in the kitchen, so always practice good hand hygiene if you’re going to be handling food. This includes washing your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser to help kill germs.
Hand-to-hand contact or hand-to-food contact are one of the most common ways viruses and germs spread in the kitchen, whether it’s the common cold or salmonella. Take extra care when handling particular types of food which could carry harmful bacteria, including raw meat, seafood and unpasteurised cheeses, and use separate chopping boards for preparing uncooked food.
You should also make sure surfaces are clean both before and after preparation to help stop bacteria getting into the food.
Don’t Forget About Cleaning Kitchen Appliances
While many people tend to focus on cleaning their worktops, don’t forget about other frequent touch-points such as your kitchen appliances and gadgets. Cross-contamination can occur at these hotspots, including fridges, microwaves, kettles, coffee machines and even tools such as can openers and chopping boards. Don’t forget to clean these too, especially any parts which will be regularly touched such as handles or buttons.
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