For majority of Indian families, the kitchen is the backbone of the home. It’s a place filled with hustle and bustle as people are going in and out of the kitchen almost all time of the day. With all that human traffic, it’s crucial that you keep the kitchen space as spotless and healthy as possible.
A busy kitchen is always a paradise for germs—but with the help of few precautions, you can easily keep your kitchen sparkly, germ-free, and harmless for your family.
Tip #1 – Taking the trash out regularly
It is a well-known fact that germs assemble in and around your dust bin. Below mentioned are some tips that will help reduce garbage stinks and bacteria:
Always use a dustbin with a lid, and sprinkle baking soda (or put a dryer sheet) under the bottom of the bag to overcome smells.
Try and go for a smaller trash can and empty it on a daily basis—you can also accumulate smaller bags everyday day put it in a large one if you want to take trash out on a weekly basis.
Make sure you stick to a schedule of cleaning the can thoroughly every weekend Use an effective disinfectant cleaners ( not to suggest Dettol wipes for dustbin cleaning)Tip #2 - Cleansing counters and stovetops
Greasy leaks and cross-contaminations are the major germ culprits that target flat kitchen surfaces. The idea is to wipe down stain, liquids, and food residue speedily, so that they don’t have the chance to come up with a bacterial threat. One need to remember that there’s a major difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Make sure you use a disinfectant like Dettol Multiuse Hygiene Liquid, (pls cross link)which will help you ditch the grime as well as the bacteria.
#3 – Hidden shelter of germs
It’s easy to keep in mind the obvious cleaning areas, like floors and counters—but there are lots of easily ignored parts that could be sheltering dirt and grime. Some of the resting places for germs include handles and knobs of drawers, sink faucets, can openers, appliances that are placed on top of the counter, tops of cabinets, and doors of dishwasher. ( put these in a bolder font )
#4 – Storing raw food wisely
To avoid cross-contamination, store raw food far away from packaged and prepared food. Begin this practice while you’re shopping.
Isolate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from all the other items in your cart. Always keep raw foods stored separately in plastic bags, and stock them in airtight containers or zip-close bags in freezer at home.
Maintain proper temperatures in your fridge and freezer. To keep foods in the “safe zone,” your fridge should be close to 4 degree celsius, and the freezer should be at -15 to -18 degree celsius — the colder, the better.
Here’s a simple trick: store few half-filled plastic water bottles in the freezer. This will not only help in keeping things cooler, but also help in increasing the energy efficiency by creating less work for your cooling element.
#5 - Sink to be cleaned in the end
Whenever you are cleaning the kitchen, there are high chances that you will deposit waste liquids and titbits down the sink, and use running water for rinsing.
You should always clean the kitchen sink in the end. Use a kitchen cleaner like Dettol Healthy Kitchen Dish and Slab gel (pls hyperlink) and let it stick for 10 minutes. Then thoroughly clean the sink and follow it by rinsing it with running water. By following above mentioned simple tips, you can rest assured knowing that the kitchen of your home is a place where you can share conversations and meals—not germs!
The responsibility of the Kitchen should involve adopting 2 habits as part of the lifestyle:
Habit 1 – Always wash your hands with Dettol soap before cooking