8 easy-but-effective tips on keeping your kitchen clean and safe
|Tips on keeping your kitchen clean and safe. Photo: Kitchenns.com|
1. Gas Stove
The gas stove is one area which can become a breeding ground for infections over time. Experts suggest cleaning the stove after every meal with a mix of soap or detergent and water. This simple practice is a good way to maintain cleanliness and hygiene of the kitchen and the food that is being cooked, according to NDTV Food.
2. Kitchen Counters and Slabs
Kitchen counters and slabs is where vegetables, fruits and other ingredients are kept before being washed. It is important that the kitchen slabs should be spick and span in order to prevent contamination of produce with germs at the preparation stage of recipes. The chopping board, too, is one surface which is integral to cooking, and must be cleaned regularly. Use a mixture of salt and lemon water for best results.
3. Vegetables and Fruits
When it comes to food safety, not just the surrounding areas but the food itself should be of the highest quality. To combat the risk of contamination in food, it is advisable to take the necessary precautions by cleaning your vegetables properly before they are consumed. Home remedies may not prove effective in this case, which is why experts highly recommend Marico's Veggie Clean. This 100% naturally derived fruits & vegetables cleanser helps remove 99.9% germs, pesticides & waxes without the use of chlorine, alcohol and chemicals.
Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal explains, "In the current scenario, we often opt for healthier eating habits, use of superfoods and addition of more greens to our diet but take the most fundamental step of cleaning our produce rather lightly. I believe in using a product that is scientifically proven and certified by Indian labs and international bodies. Veggie Clean from Marico is a specialized fruits & vegetables cleanser which is made with 100% naturally derived ingredients and is proven to remove 99.9% germs, pesticides and waxes from the surface."
4. Utensils & Storage
An important facet of food safety is the utensils and containers it is stored in. Lentils and flours often get infested with pests over time which may lead to diseases and infections. Thus, it is absolutely essential to ensure that utensils and containers are washed after every use with a soap or detergent-based solution. Also, they must be completely dry before putting ingredients in them in order to reduce chances of spoilage.
Blenders, mixers, refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, grills, toasters and more - whatever equipment is used in the kitchen must be spotlessly clean as a thumb rule. The microwave specially can often become messy and dirty, and must be cleaned often with a cleaning solution. Experts suggest using a vinegar and water based cleaner for the same. Simply heat up the bowl in the microwave for a few minutes and use a sponge to get rid of the stains quickly.
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Regularly wipe down kitchen surfaces with soap and hot water, especially after preparing poultry, muddy veg, raw meat or fish. Small splashes can be undetectable to the eye so play it safe by wiping down everything.
Once the washing-up is done or the dishwasher is stacked, clean down the sink. Use vinegar if you like, it gets rid of grease very well. Keeping the sink clean should also help to stop any build-up of dirt and smells in the drain – if this does happen, put a handful of soda crystals plus a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda at the mouth of the drain, then pour over a kettle of boiling water. Stand back and watch the action – it’ll fizz madly for a few seconds. Pour over a second kettle of boiling water and your drain should smell fresh again. You can buy enzyme sticks to put down the drain once a month that should stop this happening again.
Invest in a steam cleaner if you can, these are really thorough and lift off dirt and stains. If you don’t have one, then use a mop head that can be removed and washed in the washing machine or very thoroughly in the sink, as said by BBC Good Food.
|So many kitchens double as other rooms in the house that it’s sometimes tough to keep them as clean as you should for food prep. Plus, if you live in hard water areas, keeping surfaces shiny and limescale-free can be an uphill battle, and where there’s rough limescale, it’s even harder to keep things clean. If you start cooking when your kitchen is clean, you’ll enjoy it so much more, as well as being able to find everything that you need.|
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