Germs in the House - The Kitchen
A kitchen sponge can harbour 200000 more bacteria than a toilet seat. Anything that collects food and stays moist will breed bacteria, which will transfer to everything you scrub! always rinse food off the sponge and once a week, put it in the dishwasher or boil in a pot of water. Replace regularly.
Germs will survive a rinse of a dishcloth. If you wipe up raw meat juice, the cloth will smear potentially harmful pathogens like E-coli all over your surfaces. Make sure you use Sterizar around the kitchen as it is effective against E-Coli. Wash your dishcloths at 60 degrees C with a bleach based detergent and replace regularly.
Washing up Brushes
These should be cleaned after each use with hot water and detergent or put in the dishwasher.
Often the germiest item in the kitchen is your tea towel! This is because often, people touch these prior to washing their hands. Tip: Keep one tea towel for use on hands and one on dishes etc. Ensure you hang them after use so they can dry quickly to reduce the growth of bacteria and wash them often on a hot wash.
As wood is more porous than plastic or metal, it is far more susceptible to carrying germ sand bacteria. As EColi is often prevalent in the kitchen from raw meat, it is important to keep an eye on your wooden spoons. If they develop cracks, replace with new ones.
To make your wooden spoons last, make sure you don’t put them in the dishwasher.
Make sure that any chopping board used for raw meat is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected immediately after use. Here are some facts from NHS:
89% of kitchen cleaning cloths and towels, which come into contact with surfaces such as chopping boards, have been found to have unsatisfactory levels of contamination.
Since more than 50% of raw chicken has been found to be contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria, which is the most common cause of food poisoning in Britain (more than Salmonella), your chopping board could become contaminated.
E.coli, found on raw meats, poultry and unwashed salads and vegetables, can spread via chopping boards that have not been thoroughly disinfected.
Make sure you wipe down your sink regularly with Sterizar - how often do you drop bits of food in there whilst rinsing? If you drop raw meat in there, then the bacteria on the chicken will transfer to the sink. This is where you do your washing up!
How often have you turned on the tap with your hands that have just been used to chop raw chicken? Make sure you clean the handles as well as the worktops and chopping boards. If you use Sterizar hard surface cleaner, it will kill salmonella, ecoli and more!
Fridges can contain a large number of germs! You should regularly clean out the fridge drawers and wipe down the shelves with Sterizar hard surface spray and a clean sponge or cloth to kill any germs and bacteria such as salmonella and ecoli which may be present.
It is also important to wipe down the handle of your fridge door as well as germs will be lingering here!
Next time you clean the inside of your microwave, make sure you also clean the handles, touchscreen and buttons as well!