As the food preparation area, your kitchen will need more care and attention than most rooms in order to keep it clean and hygienic. Many general cleaning products focus on disinfecting surfaces. However, using harmful and poisonous chemical in an area where you’re prepared food to be consumed.
Luckily, certified natural products – like those from Living Green – can clean and disinfect to the same standard without damaging surfaces, polluting the air, or leaving behind a harmful residue.
When cleaning your kitchen, here’s what to look out for:
Worktops and chopping boards: These are your main food preparation surfaces so it’s important to keep them clean. Leave a spray bottle and clean cloth on the bench or under the sink to do a quick wipe down after you’ve finished the meal prep. A hot cycle in a dishwasher is the ideal way to clean and sterilise chopping boards.
Microwave walls: Food and liquid can splash out of microwave dishes and attach to the walls. Wipe down carefully to avoid contaminating fresh food.
Raw food: In order to prevent the spread of salmonella, use a good multipurpose, wipe and disinfect any surface that comes into contact with raw food like chicken, fish, meat, vegetables, or eggs.
Hand towels, sponges, and dishcloths: If you allow these to hang around damp they become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Wash your towels and sponges regularly and make sure they’re dry before use.
Knives, tongs, and other utensils: Keep these clean and sterilised (a hot wash in the dishwasher is great for this). After chopping or handling raw food, wash thoroughly before using on anything else.
Kitchen sink: According to Kitchn magazine, your sink is one of the dirtiest places in your home. Luckily, it doesn’t take much effort to give your sink a daily scrub. If you boil water in a kettle for tea/coffee, pouring the remaining hot water in the sink will help disinfect it.
Stovetop: Like your counters, your stovetop accumulates crumbs and splashes and other food debris that can cause bacteria to grow. Wipe down at least once daily, and do a more thorough scrub every week or so.
Behind oven and fridge: Crumbs and other food scraps fall into the gaps where your appliances meet your kitchen cabinets. When you pull these appliances out to clean in those gaps, you’ll be horrified at what you discover!
At the back of the fridge/cupboards: Items that don’t get used often get shoved to the back of the fridge, which means it can be months before you think to inspect them. Food may rot or spill, and stains will become impossible to remove. Cleaning these areas is annoying because you have to remove everything from the shelves and put it back again, but the more often you do it, the easier it will be.
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