Food sources are abundant and so is a hot and humid atmosphere depending on how you treat your kitchen and even without those there are plenty of opportunities for microorganisms to thrive here. While the majority of us are aware of why our kitchens must be clean there are few people who actually go as far as to sanitize things there, seeing it as too much effort.
That is a very big mistake however since there is nothing worse than overlooking the benefits of sanitation. When you clean something you remove the outer, visible layer of dirt and debris up to the point where it looks clean, but is however not nearly clean at all. Sanitation is the process of partially or even completely destroying the bacteria present on the target surface. Now that this has been explained, even if you were aware of it you should know about the different ways you can sanitize your kitchen. There is nothing worse than eating food from a kitchen teeming with bacteria and contaminants which then end up in your digestive tract potentially assaulting your body's immune system. Here are our tips:
1. The kitchen sponge Sometimes a wonderful spawning pit of bacteria if it isn't sanitized properly, sponges can be a real problem. We use them to wipe either surfaces or to wash dishes with them, thus neatly spreading the contaminants and bacteria within to every surface in the kitchen itself. You can either sanitize the sponge by submerging it in a sanitizer or by “nuking” it in the microwave for about a minute or two on the maximum setting. This will kill the majority if not all the present bacteria within, but if that is possible try to avoid cleaning with one and use microfiber cloths instead or have a dishwasher to deal with the dishwashing.
2. Antibacterial soap Dangerous in on itself not because of its properties but because it can provoke bacteria to evolve into a more resistant form as a result of its use. If you really want to clean your hands properly you should remember to lather them up thoroughly for at least 30 seconds before you rinse them and this will be enough to get the job done.
3. The kitchen sink This is the place which must be kept as clean as possible at all times as if left unchecked it can become a real treasure trove for bacterial infection – this is where you put your dishes, remember? If you place them there without washing them right away given enough time bacteria multiply at staggering rates up to the point where they will spread out of the sink with ease. Make sure you clean and sanitize the sink on a regular basis.
4. The cutting board Regardless of what type of cutting board you're using – wooden or plastic you should know that proper sanitation is important, especially when dealing with meat. You can do this with a mixture of 1:9 bleach and water but submerging it that way and leaving it for about an hour. 5. Overall sanitation There are places you touch all the time so they should be sanitized appropriately – door handles, the fridge handle, your can opener and so on. Make sure you sanitize those from time to time as well.
Cindy Davis is dedicated writer and blogger. She is mainly focused around home maintenance and home improvement projects. Therefore she presently contributes articles on household and office cleaning related thematic.