Some studies, like those done on an Oprah episode have shown that your kitchen is the one room filled with the most germs out of your whole house! You would think it would be your bathroom, but it is not. Salmonella, Ecoli, and other germs/bacteria that cause illnesses (common to serious) could be lurking in your kitchen right now.
Here are some tips to help you decrease the amount of bacteria in your kitchen:
1. Clean countertops and other most-used areas more than once a day. Clean up spills right away.
2. Thoroughly clean your trash can every time you change the bag. That goes for every trash can in your house, but most importantly the one in your kitchen, because it’s more likely to contain food.
3. Clean your stovetop and oven periodically, depending on how often you use them. This goes the same for your microwave.
4. Clean your refrigerator. We often forget to do this, because we just don’t see it that much with the door shut most of the time. But, if something goes bad inside, it could potentially pass bacteria onto other foods around it. If something spills in your fridge, clean it up immediately. Clean out your refrigerator periodically, such as before going grocery shopping. I have made it a habit to do this, and it’s a lot easier before you get the groceries home, because there is less food in there! Clean all surfaces. Do this with your freezer as well.
5. Clean up floor spills immediately, especially if you have a wandering toddler. Sweep daily with a good broom, and mop at least every other day.
6. Finally, handle potentially harmful foods appropriately. When handling meat, poultry, eggs, etc., wash your hands before, during, and after. Wash any surfaces or items that the food touched, or that you touched with your hands. Be sure the food is cooked thoroughly, killing any bacteria that might be there. A simple meat thermometer can help you with this.
I know this sounds like a lot of work, and it is. However, making the time to make sure your kitchen isn’t harboring germs can mean less sicknesses, and a decreased risk for serious illnesses.