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How to have a Clean and a Healthy Kitchen

How to have a Clean and a Healthy Kitchen

The kitchen is a very sensitive location. You prepare and cook meals in the room. Hence, it is important you keep its hygiene at its best.  Clean pots and dishes are necessary. In addition, dirty counter tops can lead to contamination of food.  Then, you should clean your kitchen thoroughly, to ensure you have a safe place to prepare your family meals.  It even becomes a necessity, especially in the modern homes, where kitchens are acting as dining areas.

Start by getting the cleaning supplies. If possible, go for cleaning products, which will not call for mixing.  However, if they will need to be mixed, let it be with water. Other items you will require in this cleaning exercise include brushes, heavy gloves, safety goggles and cleaning clothes.  To curb accidents, place the cleaning items in one bin. You should keep this off your children’s reach.  Label the storage bucket, for easy access.  This will also help you to avoid confusing them. For instance, store all the sanitizing products in the blue market, oven cleaning can all fit in a green bucket and floor cleaning supplies in the yellow bucket.

The next step is deciding the areas, which need cleaning and those, which require sanitizing. Note that, clean means lack of dirt whereas sanitary implies that there are no ill-causing microorganisms. Create a list of areas, which are to be cleaned and the ones to be sanitized.  To give you an idea, walls, floors, fronts and sides of ovens, refrigerators and cabinets, handles and ventilation areas in stoves, will all fall under the cleaning-areas category. Other areas such as the kitchen counters, tables, food and beverage containers, refrigerators, pots, dish racks, oven shelves and pans among other related items, require sanitization.  After you have identified these areas, start by cleaning. This can be achieved by using hot water with a mild detergent.  On the other hand, sanitizing will call for heat with over 80 degrees or use of chemicals. If heat is not an option, diluted bleach can do just fine.

Cutting boards and knives should be sanitized after every cooking session and when preparing, different foods.  Ideally, invest in several cutting boards for various categories of food. This will ensure your food is safe from any contamination. Use color-coding to know which board to use for a particular food. If you cannot afford having several chopping boards, at least have two. That is, one for cutting meat, raw fish and vegetables. The other one can be used to prepare salads or cutting cheese. Keep also your counter top or kitchen, clean and sanitized. Chances are that you will get into contact with it as you prepare food. Sometimes, even food fall off the cutting boards to the tabletop. Clean and sanitize it regularly, so that you serve meals to your family, which are void of contaminants. It is your duty to protect your loved ones. Do it by keeping your cooking area neat and organized. Lastly, a clean kitchen keeps you as the cook enthusiastic.

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