How to Create a Clean & Hygienic Kitchen Environment

Many people are under the impression that we suffer from sickness and upset stomach because of the germs we come in contact with when we are outside the home. The truth is that most germs are picked up in the home. It is the direct result of poor kitchen hygiene – with germs from raw foods including meat, eggs, seafood, fruit, and vegetables getting transferred to kitchen surfaces or other foods during the process of preparing meals. So it is very important to disinfect the kitchen space with a good disinfectant spray.

Make it point to avoid germs in the home – in the kitchen as well as the bathroom. Follow the four Cs of food safety: Cross-Contamination, Cleaning, Cooking and Chilling.

One of the main causes of tummy upset is cross contamination. Germs on one food are accidentally passed to other foods, usually from a person’s hands or kitchen utensils. But these health hazards can be easily prevented. Wash your hands before touching food and after handling raw food, handling dustbins, touching pets or going to the toilet. Make it a point to disinfect all surfaces immediately after preparing food. Use colour-coded chopping boards for raw and ready-to-eat foods. Keep pets away from food preparation and eating areas.

Decontaminate items in the right way at the right time to remove germs and help stop their spread to other food items. Make sure utensils and equipment are sparklingly clean before use. Regularly disinfect things that people touch – taps, cupboard handles, and switches. Clean all food preparation surfaces with a disinfectant spray or wipe immediately after preparing food. For direct food contact surfaces, rinse thoroughly with water after the product has been used. Use disposable cloths or if you reuse cloth, decontaminate it between each task. Cook meat thoroughly to kill the germs that cause stomach ailments. When reheating food, make sure it is steaming hot. Never reheat food more than once.

Keeping foods cool or frozen slows the growth of bacteria. Always check the storage instructions. Follow the usage deadline on the food packaging. If you have remnants, cover and store them in your fridge or freezer within two hours of cooking. But make sure they have completely cooled first. Separate them into smaller containers to expedite the cooling process.

Washing hands is one of the quickest, cheapest and easiest ways to practice good kitchen hygiene, help prevent the spread of germs and protect your family from illnesses. Research reveals that the kitchen is the most germ-ridden room in the house. It is more important to practice effective hand hygiene when cooking and preparing food. Wash hands in the kitchen before and after preparing food, after handling raw foods, after emptying the garbage, after cooking, after washing up or wiping down surfaces. If you cough or sneeze while preparing food, wash your hands and wipe down any contaminated surfaces.

Make sure to put on an apron, tie back hair, roll up long sleeves and wash hands. It is important to create a safe and hygienic environment when cooking. We always think about following safe ways in the kitchen. We include them in whatever we can, from deciding what to cook, mixing and weighing ingredients, setting the table and helping to clean up later.

It is important to be an effective hand hygiene role model. Make sure to wash hands before, during and after preparing food to get rid of germs. Take the opportunity to explain to others in the family why hand washing is important and how it can help everyone in the family stay healthy by stopping germs. And to ensure a clean kitchen environment where most germs get killed, applying a disinfectant spray at regular intervals does an effective job of protecting the loved ones from multiple health risks.

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