How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen

We all want our kitchens to be clear and free of harmful bacteria and germs, but that can be a hard task to accomplish when you aren’t sure what kind of kitchen cleaning routine you need to have. When you clean your kitchen too much, you eventually tire out and stop altogether. When you don’t clean your kitchen often enough, the germs and bacteria pile up and almost never go away. Here is a simple routine you can follow to keep your kitchen clean.

Wash Off Your Counters Before Cooking and When Finished 

In order to make sure that none of the bacteria that is on your counter gets into the food that you are making, you should always make sure that you wipe down your counter before and after you prepare and cook your food. This might seem like a lot of work, but it gives you something to do while you are waiting for your food to be done baking. Instead of going back to watching a movie or show while food is in the oven, try cleaning up the area that you used to prepare the meal. By the time you are finished, the food will be done. No more pausing and playing movies and shows during the cooking process, and no more pausing for an hour after dinner is finished so you can clean everything up. That will already be done.

How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen
How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen -Wash Kitchen Counters often

Clean the Sink Often

When people do the dishes, they might not think that they have to also take the time to clean up the sink and wipe it down with soap and bleach. But if we want to make sure that we are getting rid of any and all bacteria, we need to make sure that we are taking the time to clean not only the dishes and pans in our sinks, but the kitchen sinks on their own as well.

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How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen
How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen – Keep the Sink Clean

Wash Off Everything You Use When You Are Done with It

In partner with cleaning up the counters before and after preparing a meal, you should also make sure that you wash off everything as you are done using it. This will not only make your life a lot easier when it comes time to wash the dishes at the end of the night, but you are getting rid of potential bacteria hot spots before they even have a chance to form. 

How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen
How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen – Wash the stuff soon after use

You might already be washing off every spoon and plate that you use when preparing a meal, but if not, make sure that you switch up your routine so that you do wash off everything immediately. There will be much less germ buildup this way.

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Clean Floor Promptly When Something Is Spilled

When you are making a meal and something falls onto the floor, you want to be fast when picking it up. If you remember the five-second rule, it takes that long for germs and bacteria to climb onto the food on the floor and make it a home. You will need to make sure that you pick up all of the food that you drop onto the floor immediately if you don’t want germs and bacteria. This will keep the floor always looking its best.

How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen
How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen – Clean Floor Promptly

Make Sure That You Check the Faucet For Mold Or Rust

While rust isn’t a direct connection to germs and bacteria, it can cause a lot of potential mold issues. And even if it doesn’t grow mold, it can still be very unhealthy to drink or use water from a faucet that is covered in rust.

How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen
How to Ensure Germfree Kitchen- Keeps the Faucets free from rust and Molds

Mold and rust are some of the hardest things to get rid of once they exist in a home. You will need to either get a professional, or you will want to fix the problem as soon as it starts. As long as the rust isn’t taking up the entire sink, you should be able to wipe it down easily. But if the entire faucet is filled with rust, it is time for a professional—and a new sink and faucet!.

Garima Tomar

Senior Software Development Analyst at an IT firm

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