You won’t like to hear this, but it’s very possible that your kitchen has more germs and pathogens than your bathroom. It is not surprising considering that, by its nature, we have very internalized that the toilet requires constant cleaning and disinfection. However, in the kitchen we believe that it’s okay to pass a rag or a cloth.
Taking into account that there certain surfaces in the kitchen where we often work: laying boards, cutting, leaving shopping bags… and that can accumulate pathogens without us even realizing it, what most of us do is not enough: pass a rag or cloth. And, even less, when we use the same cloth to dry our hands and then go over a knife. Or when we do it with a damp cloth that rests next to the salve and that is filling up with water when we scrub.
Not to mention that in the kitchen there are certain surfaces we touch very often and that they are very exposed to the contamination that we have on our hands and to the environment. In this way, such mechanical gestures as opening a door or removing the lid of a container can be somewhat dirty if we do not take into account what we have previously done with our hands. It is for all these reasons that there are certain elements in our kitchen that we should clean daily with disinfectant to avoid recurring contamination.
the fridge door
Combi, freezer, refrigerator, chest… Whatever type of refrigerator you have at home, you should clean it more frequently, especially if you are a large household or have children. In particular, the handle or handle of the door, which is also the gateway for numerous pathogens that accumulate in it if we do not pay attention.
another one of those Invisible enemies of our kitchen are furniture and cupboard handles. And it is that not only do they go unnoticed, but they can get dirty very easily, especially if the kitchen does not have good ventilation. Also, can be wooden surfaces (therefore, porous) in which humidity can be especially harmful. In this case, it will be necessary to look for a disinfectant that is also not aggressive with wood.
How many times a day do you touch the switches in the kitchen? You can count them but surely there are more than you imagine and they are the great entrance door of the kitchen. A place through which we all pass and to which we do not always arrive, precisely, with clean hands. However, from there we can go on to pick up a piece of fruit, break a piece of bread or directly start cooking without noticing that the switch can also be a germ festso don’t forget about them when you clean the kitchen.
The amount of germs and pathogens that the faucet and its controls can have is terrible. Part of the problem is thinking that being in contact with water all the time means that it is clean, but nothing is further from the truth, especially if we go over it with stained or damp rags. This humidity also allows a increased bacterial proliferationso washing the faucet thoroughly should be a priority when cleaning the kitchen.
The microwave is by far one of the dirtiest parts of our kitchen and also, one of the ones that less often attracts our attention, but the truth is that food remains accumulate in this electrical appliance. Not only inside, the door, where we touch with unwashed hands, is also exposed. The most convenient thing would be to wash it after each use, but we know that this is complicated, so let’s do it at least every so often, both inside and out, to prevent pathogens from flourishing there.
Cover photo | Tina Dawson