Are you an avid cooking fan?
A clean kitchen means a safe kitchen.
Cleaning your kitchen is a huge part of cooking. Not only is it easier to cook and bake in a clean kitchen, but clean surfaces will keep your family healthy and safe. Because you can’t see, taste, or smell the bacteria that cause foodborne illness, cleanliness is essential.
10 helpful tips on how to keep a clean kitchen:
- Always wash your hands in warm, soapy water before and after preparing food.
- Clean raw fruits and vegetables before consuming. Remove surface dirt with a vegetable brush, and cut away damaged or bruised areas of produce, as they may contain bacteria.
- End each day with a clean, empty kitchen sink. Try running the dishwasher before going to bed and unloading it first thing in the morning.
- According to Better Homes and Gardens, “One way to eliminate the bacteria that thrive in sponges and dishcloths is to soak them in a diluted bleach solution (3/4 cup bleach per 1 gallon water) three times a week. Sponges should be allowed to air-dry. Wash dish towels often using the hot cycle on your washing machine. Use paper towels to clean up spills, especially juices from raw meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish. Then immediately dispose of the paper towels.”
- Cutting boards should be thoroughly washed with hot, soapy water, then rinsed and allowed to air-dry or patted dry with paper towels. Cutting boards should be cleaned after each use.
- If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, scrape up any large spills, then spray cleaner inside the oven, close the door and let it sit overnight so the cleaner has time to work.
- Wipe up spills in your refrigerator immediately. Clean your refrigerator with hot, soapy water and rinse. Once a week, throw out perishable foods that should no longer be eaten.
- Clean your pantry once a month. Start with removing all food from your pantry, wipe down with a clean damp cloth, check for spoilage and expiration dates, then replace items in their designated places.
- Keep your pets off your kitchen counter tops and away from human food.
- Put a piece of lemon or lime through your garbage disposal every few days for a clean fresh smell.
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