Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen

Probably the most important room in the house is the kitchen. According to recent tests some kitchen surfaces were found to contain more bacteria than the area around toilet seats. This may sound improbable, but look more closely at the average cleaning habits.

Bathrooms are normally cleaned using stronger cleaning agents, such as bleach, scouring powders, and etc. Whereas, kitchens, handle a variety of foodstuff and cross contamination is very easy to create.

Let’s not panic, there are a number of basic steps you can take to minimize any major hygiene problems within the average kitchen. They don’t have to cost a fortune, elbow grease and good cleaning routine will cure most problem areas.

Kitchen cloths: You know the type of cloth I’m talking about the blue or pink mesh clothes that normally come in a pack of 12. These little beasts are the biggest area for bacteria contamination in your kitchen.

Use your nose, smell the cloth, would you put it anywhere near your mouth? If the answer is no, then why are you using it on food preparation areas? Replace it at very regular intervals. You can help to reduce risk by placing the cloth flat out in a sink, pour a kettle of boiling water over the cloth, add a drop of bleach or washing up liquid and leave for approx half an hour, as suggested by domestic cleaning London experts. Don’t place your hand in the water before this time.

Tea-towels: As with dish clothes, too many people use the tea towels for too long. Treat yourself to at least six tea towels and change at very regular intervals. Once again your nose is probably the best guide. If it doesn’t smell fresh -it’s not!

Work-tops: The way tops are cleaned varies considerably, and is entirely dependent upon the finished surface. There are limitless cleaners on the market. As a rule of thumb, avoid abrasive cleaners for plastic based surfaces. Woods may only need a mild disinfected water and a minimal application of Danish oil or similar. Steel surfaces, again avoid abrasives they will cause deep scratches. You can cause very little harm with natural antiseptics such as a couple of tablespoons of vinegar in warm water. Whatever you decide to use – always read the instructions carefully.

October 18, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


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