Although we work hard to maintain kitchen hygiene, most of us tend to take shortcuts when handling fresh food. Many parents try to involve their children from an early age in domestic food preparation, and cooking alongside children can be rewarding in terms of quality time and from an educational perspective. Studies have shown that good kitchen hygiene practices introduced from a young age are likely to stay for life.
Besides staying clean, use a couple of drops of castile soap to remove rings, and wash your hands thoroughly before you start. You can use a vacuum cleaner for dry surfaces. Germs thrive on your hands and spread very easily onto food. Clean your counters beyond cleaning food off of them. Kitchen counters live a pretty rough life, between spills and crumbs, grocery bags, homework, and more. Perhaps you tend to leave your keys or wallet on the counter? Clean it off with hot water every day, and at least once a week with detergent.
Maintaining kitchen hygiene means cleaning your cutting boards. Your average cutting board could have more than 200 percent more fecal bacteria on it than the typical toilet seat. Keep it clean! Hot running water and a good scrub do the trick. Use detergents on plastic cutting boards and half lemon and salt work fine with wood.
It’s highly advisable to use an apron while cooking to avoid food stains on your clothes and wardrobe. A synthetic apron, besides being easy to wash, does not harbor as many germs as a cotton apron. Avoid using the apron to dab your wet hands dry. Use a hand napkin for that. Hand napkins must be washed regularly since they’re used frequently.
Wash fruit and veggies. Use cold running water to remove pesticides and dirt from fruit and vegetables. Besides, you never know the number of hands that touched it before you bought it. Besides maintaining kitchen hygiene, you should keep raw food chilled. Especially meat and fish should not be removed from the fridge before the maximum of 30 minutes before use.
Don’t forget to wash your hands when you change stations. That way you’ll keep kitchen hygiene and also make it a habit. Wash your hands when you need to change stations, and remember to wash your hands after you touch anything that goes into a customer
Don’t leave dirty dishes to pile up in the sink. This is actually a nasty habit of laziness or convenience, but it is also a theme park for bacteria. In addition to kitchen hygiene, keep food waste in a closed bin. You do recycle, right? Good! A closed container or bin keeps unwelcomed insects away.
Also, you should be cleaning your faucet. Your faucet is actually a bacteria heaven when you consider that every time you turn it on with greasy unclean hands you’ll transfer germs onto it. When you turn it off, after cleaning your hands, the faucet transfers some of the germs right back to your hands. Keep it clean, or better still: Invest in a touchless or hybrid faucet and the problem is gone forever.