The kitchen is undoubtedly the most lived-in environment in the house and the one in which cleanliness and hygiene are fundamental. A minimal organization based on a few daily gestures helps establish the correct routine not to be overwhelmed. Here are more tips to help you out.
Sponges and cloths
It is good practice always to dry everything that comes into contact with food (dishes, worktops, cutlery, etc.). Germs and bacteria, in fact, reproduce better in warm and humid environments. After use, the sponges and clothes should always be washed and dried thoroughly. Better to put them to dry in perforated trays. It can be helpful to have sponges of different colors to avoid confusing them.
Hands and handles
Always wash your hands before cooking, before touching raw foods, and handling raw meats, fish, and eggs. You might also try using latex food-grade gloves when cooking. The handles are subject to getting very dirty and, when fingerprints are noticed, they should be cleaned immediately by wiping with a cloth with a quick gesture.
We recommend using different cutting boards for meat, vegetables, and bread. Those used for meat and vegetables must be washed immediately and dry well with a cloth. Those for cutting raw meat should be washed thoroughly immediately after use. To cut raw meat, the plastic cutting board is more suitable for hygiene reasons. To remove the smell of onion and garlic, we recommend that you rub half a lemon and baking soda instead.
From time to time, to wash utensils in the dishwasher that you have not used for a long time, it is advisable to be exposed to dust. This also helps keep them from being covered in dust and grease when needed.
Change the tea towels every day to have them fresh from the laundry and ready to use. Use the cotton and linen ones to dry dishes and the honeycomb ones to dry your hands. Never use the dishtowel to clean splashes or traces of raw meat; instead use kitchen paper.
They are useful for repairing areas that get dirty more easily, such as the floor area under the sink and the stove. They should be changed and washed at least once a week.
The bucket and the space around it get dirty easily and require frequent cleaning. To avoid unpleasant odors, aside from emptying the wet waste bin every day, pay attention to the bucket’s location by keeping it away from heat sources. At least once a week, then wash it and disinfect it with denatured alcohol or isoform.
One of the main causes of bad smells in the home is cooking food; this is why the proper functioning of hoods and aspirators is important, which is ensured by periodic replacement of the filters. Remember when cooking always to air the room.
Floor and pantry
Kitchen floors require daily cleaning because they get dirty more and much faster than other surfaces. As far as the pantry is concerned, it is good to regularly dust the containers just bought before putting them back on the shelves.
The first good rule to defend against insects’ intrusion is to apply a mosquito net to the kitchen window. In the presence of ants or cockroaches, you will need to use specific insecticides, carefully following the package’s instructions. It is important to store perishable products appropriately; it could be this waste that attracts flies or other types of insects.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff