Professional Cleaning Experts Cleanology share their tips for keeping your home free from bacteria
The kitchen is one of the most loved and used rooms in the house, however, it can be a nest for dangerous bacteria. No matter how well and often you clean your kitchen, there will always be bacteria present. Even with doing our best to keep our kitchens spick and span, there are key areas to keep in mind. Cleanology has pulled together the top surfaces & utensils that you should give special attention to:
Sink – The kitchen sink constantly has leftover food lingering in it and down the drain from dirty dishes. This makes the sink a perfect breeding ground for bacteria as it is wet and moist allowing bacteria to feed off the leftover food. It’s crucial to sanitise your sink every day, in fact, after every meal you cook & wash up. Use products that are created for eliminating all of these bad germs, with the right routine and products, you can keep these nasty germs at bay.
Chopping Boards – Cross-contamination from raw meats to vegetables was identified as the main contributor to chopping boards containing a very large amount of bacteria such as Salmonella. We always recommend having separate chopping boards for meat and vegetables while also thoroughly washing your boards every time you use them! A great way of deep cleaning your chopping boards is to actually pop them in the dishwasher.
Kitchen Sponges – The kitchen sponges are by far one of the dirtiest items in the kitchen! They give bacteria everything they need to grow such as food, heat, and moisture! We use our kitchen sponges multiple times a day, and people certainly do not sanitise them correctly. As you can imagine, if our kitchen sponges are dirty, we are passing those germs onto every surface and object we clean using them, therefore, spreading a huge amount of germs across the kitchen. One of the best ways to kill the bacteria and mould on your kitchen sponges is by wetting them and placing them in the microwave at a hot temperature for one minute. Make sure the sponge is wet, if it is dry, it could catch fire!
Tea Towels – Also known to be one of the other most bacteria-invested items in the kitchen. Your tea towels are a breeding ground for bacteria as they absorb moisture, contain food, and have low air circulation. We also often use our tea towels for wiping down surfaces and drying kitchen utensils, therefore, spreading dirty germs and bacteria across the kitchen. The best way to limit the spread of germs on our tea towels is to wash them regularly on a hot wash using disinfecting laundry detergent and letting them air dry.