Whether you cook, eat or just hang out, the kitchen is the centre of your home. That’s why it needs as much attention as any other room when it comes to hygiene. So make sure that you and your family have a good understanding of this. This way you keep nasty bacteria at bay, which is essential for a happy and healthy life! That’s why we give you 10 golden rules for good kitchen hygiene.
1. Wash your hands
This is one of the belaGreatest rules. It’s easy to transfer bacteria to your food. So always wash your hands before cooking. It’s also a good rule to teach your children, so teach them how to wash their hands properly before eating.
2. Heat your food well
It’s important to always heat your food properly. If it is not properly cooked or fried, harmful bacteria can be left behind that can cause food poisoning. Cut the food in half to make sure it is well cooked.
3. Pack your food well
Make sure that any food leftovers you want to keep are always well packaged. Cover the leftovers with foil or put them in a sealed container. Do not put hot food in the fridge and make sure there is no food in your fridge that is out of date.
4. Get a cloth over the sink
Pulling a cloth over the sink is the easiest (and most essential) basic rule when it comes to kitchen hygiene. This makes your kitchen look neat and prevents the spread of bacteria.
5. Prevent cross-contamination
If you’ve ever had food poisoning, you know you have to avoid cross-contamination at all costs. Use different chopping boards to cut fish, meat, vegetables or bread and never leave your edible food next to raw meat. These simple rules help prevent the spread of poisonous bacteria.
6. Wash your chopping board after use
Food remains left over after cutting are breeding grounds for bacteria. It is therefore important that you wash your cutting board immediately after use.
7. Clean the garbage can
Regularly changing your bin is an important aspect of kitchen hygiene. Old food that remains in the bin quickly begins to decompose, allowing bacteria to grow on it. What’s more, it can become very smelly. So take your garbage away daily.
8. Prevent the spread of fat
Have you ever tried wiping away a grease wipe and then finding out that you’ve smeared it all over your kitchen counter? Then try using a damp absorbent kitchen paper. This will stop the spread of fat (and bacteria).
9. Keeps the fridge clean
Keeping your fridge clean is one of the most important kitchen hygiene rules. Spilled and decomposing food can transfer their bacteria to other foods, so clean your fridge daily with some kitchen paper.
10. Clean your sink daily
Your sink is used a lot every day. It is therefore no wonder that it quickly becomes a filthy breeding ground for bacteria if it is not kept clean. It doesn’t take much time to clean it daily, so this is definitely worth it! Scrub your sink every day with some detergent and wipe water and spilt food around the sink with a kitchen paper. So done!