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Germs Busters: It’s time to put on your cleaning gear and wipe out germs in the kitchen

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It’s easy to point accusing fingers at the bathroom when one is probed about the dirtiest place in a household. The fact is the kitchen is far more inhabited with germs than any other areas in a home, especially if it is a bustling one. 

 

It is however not all that surprising considering the amount of activity that goes on in the kitchen; from whipping up three meals of the day and the subsequent washing up, to snooping around for snacks in the fridge. 

 

Before you start sanitising every nook and cranny of the space fervently though, we suggest that you first take a look at the sources and hiding spots for these nasty germs – and then practise the simple ways to combat them.

 

The source of germs in the kitchen?

 

Sponges at the Sink

Used to soak up all sorts of grime and then left damp overnight in the dark, the sponge makes the perfect breeding spot for bacteria. The vicious cycle continues as this very sponge that’s teeming with the nasties is then used the next day to wipe countertops and dishes. 

Stop the spread and eliminate lurking germs by popping it into the microwave or boil it for a couple of minutes. In addition, replace the kitchen sponge as frequently as necessary. 

 



Refrigerator Produce Drawer

Research that was carried out based on swab samples from top and middle shelves, meat and poultry drawers, veggie bins as well as bottom shelves concluded that the vegetable bins were the most contaminated, followed by the bottom shelves and the meat drawers. 

To combat, wash and sanitise these compartments regularly with detergent mixed with warm water. Combine 1 teaspoon of unscented bleach with one cup of water, and leave the bins flooded for ten minutes. Rinse with water, and then leave to dry completely. 

 

Handles

Handles get the most direct contact as compared to the other fittings within the kitchen. These include those knobs and pulls on your cabinets, as well as the handles on your fridge, oven and microwave.

Remember to run your warm soapy sponge or paper towel over these at the end of every meal to eliminate their potential as bacteria breeding grounds. 

 

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Plastic Cutting Boards

True to its namesake, the cutting board is subject to deep grooves and gouges due to daily use. Lapsing to clean it thoroughly after each use could lead to dire consequences such as cross-contamination. Consider a separate board for your meat and vegetables, and ensure that you lather them up with hot soapy water for hygiene purposes. 

Despite a thorough clean, studies have in fact proved that a plastic board leaves more bacteria behind as opposed to a wooden one. Unlike wood, plastic stays wet for a longer time and provides the right environment for bacterial survival. Wood also boasts antibacterial agents that retard its proliferation. 

 

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Can Openers

Hands up if you’re guilty of keeping the can opener back into the drawers without even bothering to rinse it after each use. Over time, it collects food debris – and becomes a thriving spot for germs. 

Simply rinsing it under running water isn’t sufficient to remove those lodged remnants. As it is an essential equipment in the kitchen, be sure to disinfect your can opener well to protect your family from any food-borne illnesses. 

 

Back to Basics

A germ-free and perfectly clean kitchen begins with the very basics: hand-washing. Apart from lathering with warm soapy water before you begin preparing food, it is advisable that you wash your hands in between the different food types too. For example, once you’ve got the chicken roasting in the oven, wash up before chopping the vegetables. A change towards the right direction is always good. Not only will a bacteria-free kitchen be a more comfortable place for you and your loved ones, it’ll also be a much safer haven. 

 

 

 

 

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