Static’s say that 1 in 7 home kitchens would fail a health inspection test similar to the ones given to restaurants. Plus, this is considered a conservative figure. Actually, the figures could be much higher. Do you think your kitchen could pass a health inspection?
Do you know that each year Americans suffer from 76 million cases of food born illnesses each year? Of these number of illnesses, 325,000 cases of these illnesses results in hospitalization and 5,000 cases results in death. Could the some of these cases be cause from the bacteria in our kitchens?
What steps should we take to make our kitchens cleaner and what can we do to help eliminate some of the bacteria in our kitchens? Try these easy steps:
• Remember as soon as you enter a kitchen and begin touching things you are spreading around bacteria. This means the moment your hands touches the faucet of your sink, your refrigerator handle and even the knobs of your stove, germs and bacteria are beginning to get spread. These of course are places you must clean when you are cleaning up your kitchen.
• You must be vigilant about keeping germs and bacteria from cross contaminating. One great way to do this is by keeping color coded sponges in your home. Certain sponges are used for certain purposed. For instance, choose one colored sponge for wiping down counter tops and use this for only that purpose. Never use that sponge to clean your dishes.
• Every day or every other day take the time to clean and microwave your sponge. This is the only way to destroy germs and bacteria that gets into those sponges. Make sure the sponges are damp and place them into your microwave for about two minutes. The heat will kill the bacteria in them.
• If you don’t want to take the time to microwave a sponge, use paper towels or better yet use cloth towels that you can wash. Use these for a day and then toss them into your wash. When washing use hot water to kill any germs and bacteria on them.
• Use plastic cutting boards. Clean them well with hot water. If you must use wood cutting boards clean them with hot water and bleach. Make sure you are using separate cutting boards for meats and vegetables to prevent cross contaminated.
• Be vigilant about cleaning and always wash your hands before cooking.
Yes, you must always take the necessary steps when it comes to cooking and cleaning to keep your family and yourself healthy. Remember if your kitchen is clean enough to pass a health inspection test it is clean enough to keep your family healthy.