Perhaps you think that cleaning your kitchen is effective enough to keep the cleanliness of your home. However, based on a survey conducted by e-How, the kitchen is a place that is filled with bacteria and germs. In the kitchen, microbes are very easy to spread, ranging from cutting boards, drawer and desk knobs, up on food and then end up in your digestive system.
Experts say, with a little awareness and preparation, you can keep the kitchen free of bacteria.
1 . Fridge handle
Microbes that live in the chicken, meat, or fish almost always can be found on the fridge door handle. Hand washing is the fastest and simplest way to prevent this contamination. The problem is that many people do not know how to wash their hands properly. The way to do it is to wash hands with soap and water for 15 seconds. To turn off the faucet use a paper towel or elbow. Closing the faucet with your hand directly can contaminate the hand with the organism sticking when you open the faucet.
2 . Water
Clean water is essential when preparing foods. It is often overlooked in the developed countries where water is readily available. However, the water is not necessarily able to keep you out of trouble. Wells’ water, say, is susceptible to soil poison and septic seepage, especially during heavy rain.
When in doubt, you can use bottled water or filtration. But remember, any water you use when preparing foods potentially leaves any particles on the food.
3 . Dish towels
Most people assume that dish towel used to wipe the wet dishes is free from germs because it is only used to wipe the dishes in a clean condition. Did you know, though the plate is wiped clean and becomes dry, the towel will remain wet. This humid condition along with the hot temperatures in the kitchen can make microbes develop faster because of the humidity. So it is advisable that you frequently change the dish towel.
4 . Dishwashing sponges
Not because the sponge is used to clean up the dishes, then you take it as clean goods. Sponges are one of the dirtiest items in the kitchen. People often clean the sink using the same sponge used for washing dishes. This is what makes the sponge full of bacteria and harmful germs; call it the bacteria E. coli and Salmonella. The easiest solution is to regularly change your dishwashing sponge.
5 . Sink
The sink drain is often overlooked by housewives. In fact, the chances of bacteria and fungi to live in that area is very high, and they can infect your cooking and eating utensils. Pour boiling water into the sink at least once a week to kill microbes and small insects in the sink drain.
Now you can protect your family from the harmful bacteria and germs by keep the five areas above clean. Maintain and clean them regularly and appropriately. Thus, you will not only have a beautiful kitchen, but also a healthy kitchen.
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