It’s coming into flu season so we are all trying to be as vigilant as possible to stay germ-free. However, one common place we often forget about in flu season is the kitchen. The kitchen is a breeding ground for bacteria at the best of times. This means that during winter it’s even more important to keep on top of germs in the this area to prevent the spread of nasty bugs.
Here’s five ways to keep your kitchen clean…
Microwave your sponges
Kitchen sponges get extremely dirty and are usually used until they fall apart- often they have never even been cleaned. This means you are cleaning your kitchen benches with a dirty sponge. However, there is a way to keep sponges clean. The best way to do this is by microwaving them, in some studies this has caused a bacteria reduction of over 99%!
How should you microwave a sponge? Simply rinse the sponge and place it on a plate with a paper towel. Place it all in the microwave for 1-2 mins then remove. Allow it to cool and then squeeze and air dry.
Please note that you should not try and squeeze out extra liquid straight away as it will be extremely hot.
And before you microwave your sponge make sure it does not contain any metal.
Wipe down condiments after use
Many hands touch condiments. This means they are also a main breeding ground for bacteria- especially if someone in your family has a cold. So make it a routine to wipe down the condiments after every use. This means they’ll be nice and clean for the next use.
Clean tea towels once a week
This rule will not be a new one to most people. However, even if you clean your kitchen towels in the washing machine with good quality detergent some smells, stains and hidden bacteria may stick around. To prevent this, add a bit of white vinegar to your load. The vinegar will help to get rid of the detergent residue and anything else left on the tea towels. From here simply air dry the towels.
Clean cutting boards
Eliminate those nasty germs from your cutting board by occasionally giving it an additional cleaning treatment.
Make a paste out of 1tbs of baking soda, 1tbs salt and 1tbs water. Scrub the chopping board with the paste and rinse thoroughly under hot water.
Clean down the bench
Every week it is best to get everything off your bench and give it a thorough wipe down. You can use regular cleaning agents for this.