How to Keep Your Kitchen Germ-Free?

clean-and-safe-kitchenSince a kitchen is mainly used for cooking, the hygiene in the kitchen plays a non-negligible role in the health of you and your family, in addition to the selection and purchasing of raw ingredients. However, a germ-free kitchen is a really challenging job since there are always some hidden spots you tend to forget to clean. In other words, handling these places is your first priory in your annual spring cleaning as the surfaces and visible things can be fixed more easily.

Dishwasher

The warm, humid dishwasher is the perfect environment for the growth of fungi. A study in 2011 showed that more than 60% of household dishwashers contain a variety of fungi. Among them, gasket installed in the dishwasher door is one of the hardest-hit areas. Fungi are known for associating with asthma, sinus infections, rheumatoid arthritis, prostate infection and other health problems.

To get rid of fungi, you need to use a small brush, for example a toothbrush, to scrub the gasket with a mixture of white vinegar and hot water. Next, place a bowl of vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher and run dishwasher with hot water. The fungus will be eliminated as long as you do it once a month.

Dish cloths

If you use a dirty dish towel to clean surfaces, apparently you are not cleaning but bringing in thousands of bacteria. Of course, you won’t do it consciously. But the problem is you just can’t see the germs with the naked eye. So, ideally you should use a clean, dry towel every time you cook. To ensure that, after the cooking you have to soak the used rags in diluted bleach solution, rinse and dry it.

Tap

Insects will grow once plenty of food and water are available. If the kitchen tap is leaking, it will attract cockroaches since they like to live in environments with water. So, you’d better call a plumber and fix it as soon as possible. If there are hard water stains on the taps you can wipe them off with a slice of fresh lemon. Besides, orange peel can do a good job too since this is a good stain remover.

Exhaust fan

It is a good idea to soak, scrub, rinse, and dry the exhaust fan in hot soapy water monthly. Else, don’t forget to clean the ventilation hood too.

Kitchen sink

Since the sink is often used to wash vegetables and dishes, it is easily contaminated with grease. In this case, you can remove the grease by sprinkling a little salt there, wipe with plastic wrap, and rinse with warm water. In addition, the sink drain stopper should be soaked in the warm soapy water for 20 to 30 minutes too.

Cookware lids

A layer of grease on the lids of pots and pots is usually built up by general use and food splatters. This grease is not easy to clean with common detergent. In fact, a simple and effective way is to put a little water in the pot, turn the lid upside down and cover the pot, boil the water, let the steam act on the lid, and use a soft cloth to wipe the grease off when the grease become soft and white.

Cutting board

If a cutting board is used to cut both meat and vegetables, cross contamination will occur. So it is highly recommended to use different cutting boards for raw meat and ready-to-eat foods respectively. But for all this, you just can’t stop the funky smells. A good idea is to mix two spoons of vinegar with 200 ml of warm water, pour it onto a paper towel laid onto a cutting board, and wait for 15 minutes. By doing so, the dirt, odor, and germs will be removed.

Floor

A greasy floor is dangerous. To remove grease and oil build up on floors, you can sprinkle flour on those grease and oil stains, sweep away the flour, and wipe the stains with a cleaning agent. Or, you can also pour a little vinegar on the mop and then repeatedly sweep the floor.

Cooking odors

To eliminate bad smells in the kitchen, you can add a little vinegar in a pot and then heat it in order to evaporate. If possible, try to get more fresh air by opening the window. As an added bonus, exposure to the ultraviolet radiation from the sun can help inhibit the growth of microorganisms.

Woodware and cupboard

If woodware and cupboard in kitchen is filled with grease, it is recommend applying the bleach/water solution on the surface and then cleaning it the next day. In a mild case, it works by adding some vinegar in the water too.

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