Keeping Your Kitchen Clean
Most of us would like to think we do a pretty good job of keeping our kitchen clean. Basics like washing countertops, sweeping, and mopping the floor might seem like enough, but other things you might not notice can let germs and bacteria hide in your kitchen. These tips can help you keep it spotless.
Clean the Kitchen Sink and Counters
Your dirty dishes are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and germs are easily spread to your faucet handles. Kitchen counters can also collect germs from everything that touches or passes over them.
A wet dishcloth isn’t enough, it will just move the bacteria around. Use hot water and soap or an antibacterial cleaner often.
Change Sponges and Dishcloths Every Week
These are crawling with bacteria, and can even contain E. coli.
Between uses, make sure they dry completely to stop bacteria from growing. Sponges should go in an upright holder, and dishcloths should be hung up to dry.
Wash Your Cutting Boards in the Dishwasher
Hand-washing with hot water and soap is not always enough to kill germs. And knives create nicks in the surface, which are the perfect place for bacteria to grow. It’s also a good idea to reserve one cutting board for meat and another for fruits and veggies, so you never accidentally contaminate something you’re going to eat raw.
If you don’t have a dishwasher, pour boiling water over the surface after each use.
Wash Reusable Grocery Bags
These can transport germs from the grocery store, and using the same bags to carry raw meat and veggies over and over again can cause bacteria to grow on the bag’s surface.
Wash these bags often, either by hand or on the gentle cycle in your washing machine.
Keep the Microwave Clean
You might forget about your microwave because you can’t always see its messes, but it can collect bacteria from food that spills or splatters. And its heat can let bacteria grow and spread.
Make sure to scrub the outside, the handles, and buttons, as well as the inside.