Just like other areas in your house, your kitchen needs to be cleaned regularly. However, unlike other rooms, cleaning the kitchen involves a lot more than just activities like vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting. In addition to regular cleaning, there is the aspect of personal hygiene which when applied to the kitchen will help you and your family stay healthy.
Maintaining personal hygiene in the kitchen is ideally done through the following precautions or activities:
- Washing of hands
- Cooking food thoroughly
- Ensuring the correct temperature in the fridge
- Kitchen cleaning
Let’s take a look at why these time-tested practices hold significance in the kitchen:
Not getting your hands dirty
Your hands are usually one of the first things to come in contact with other objects. The hands are, therefore, the first body part that should be introduced to personal hygiene routines. Hands are constantly in touch with different surfaces throughout the day, be it shaking hands with people, eating meals, typing on the laptop, using a common telephone at work, and so on. Many a time, your hands can come in direct contact with germs while engaged in such activities.
Washing hands helps keep diseases like cold, cough, flu, and gastroenteritis at bay, all of which can easily enter the body via unwashed hands. The spread of illness-causing germs ceases when hands are washed frequently with antiseptic soap, like the Dettol Original Liquid Hand Wash.
Cooking food inside and out
Ensuring that hygiene in the kitchen is maintained involves the proper cooking of food. Cooking food thoroughly kills most of the disease-spreading microorganisms. Studies show that cooking foods up to a temperature of 70°C helps ensure that the food is safe for consumption. Foods that require special attention include whole poultry, large joints of meat, rolled roasts, minced meats, and seafood.
Regulating the refrigerator chills
Refrigerating food keeps illness-causing bacteria from growing on it. Ideally, the temperature of the refrigerator should be at about 4°C, and that for the freezer should be just below 0°C. Since these temperatures aren’t ideal for the growth of microorganisms, the onset of food spoilage is delayed.
To jog your memory, here’s a list of perishable foods that should be stored appropriately in the refrigerator:
- freshly cooked food
- foods purchased from cold cabinets
- fresh meat
- vegetables and fruits
Certain fresh fruits and vegetables also last for a long time outside the refrigerator, as long as they are correctly stored, in a cool place.
Tip: Remember to check the door seal of the fridge to ensure that the cold air isn’t lost to the outside world and the food inside remains fresh.
Kitchen Cleaning Tips
- Worktops and chopping boards should be cleaned regularly as these kitchen pieces come in contact with food daily.
- If not cleaned properly, bacteria could easily attach to food and make you and your family ill.
- Dishwashers wash dishes at pretty high temperatures, which are very effective at killing bacteria.
- Replacing and regular washing of table cloth and other kitchen cloths also help keep the growth of bacteria at bay, aiding the prevention of diseases.
Personal hygiene is simple to maintain. All it requires is a good deal of discipline and precautions on your part.