Bacteria, germs and microorganisms from food and trash pollute your refrigerator, countertops, appliances, kitchen tools, sink, sink drains and more. Using these tips and Pril dish liquid, you can keep your utensils, tools and surfaces cleaner.
Germs typically spread through touch, but may also be spread through the air, depending on the type of germ. To prevent germs from spreading throughout your kitchen, there are a few simple steps you can take:
- Always wash your hands before preparing food.
- Use different cutting boards for cutting up meat products and vegetables.
- Wash your hands immediately after touching the trash bin.
- Wash your hands between food tasks, like preparing raw check and tossing a salad.
- Take your time when washing forks and knives. Their grooves and prongs can harbor germs and bacteria.
The germs in your kitchen sink can spread and contaminate your washing up tools. . Your dish cloth, sponge, washing up brush, rubber gloves and even your kitchen towels can become contaminated target for germs. To keep these tools bacteria and germ free:
- To properly clean your sponges in between cleanings you can soak them in a bleach solution for 5 minutes or alternatively in a vinegar solution for 20 minutes. Make sure to rinse them out thoroughly afterwards and place them next to your sink to dry.
- Wash your dish brush regularly to keep bacteria off it. For best results, choose a brush with nylon bristles. These aren’t as prone to the buildup of bacteria.
- Rubber gloves are inexpensive to replace but keeping them germ-free and ready-to-use is still important. Dedicate one pair of gloves to kitchen use (don’t mix them up with the gloves you use to clean the toilet.)
- Rinse your gloves thoroughly after each use. Remember, the dishwashing liquid and hot water help remove some bacteria. Dry the gloves thoroughly before storing; any moisture left on them can help bacteria grow.
- Wash and disinfect kitchen towels and dish cloths regularly, even if they don’t seem to be dirty. Wash at the hottest temperatures possible to disinfect
Pril washing up liquid can be used to clean your kitchen as well (Link to ‘Clean kitchen with washing up liquid’). You can thoroughly clean your kitchen work surfaces like countertops, cutting boards, stove tops and kitchen slabs with dish liquid and hot water. These should be cleaned regularly. To kill bacteria and reduce chances of cross contamination, the surfaces can also be disinfected with food-safe disinfectant products or bleach after cleaning. Chopping boards, especially wood varieties, should be regularly replaced as they can harbor germs.
As you clean the kitchen with dish liquid, keep in mind that the items you clean with should also be cleaned and dried after each use. This includes mops and buckets. Remember to scrub the floor as well, which is vulnerable to germs too.