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How to Limit Germs in the Kitchen

discussed in yesterday’s article, the kitchen is a dangerous place.
Besides the sharp knives and pots of boiling hot water, your food can
be dangerous too. That’s right; the food in your kitchen could
potentially be ridden with bacteria and foodborne illnesses such as
salmonella if you don’t take proper precautions. Use these four tips
to limit germs in your kitchen.
Disinfect counters and
tables daily.
counters and tables in your kitchen are some of the dirtiest surfaces
in your entire home. Clean these areas twice every single day using a
paper towel and soap or a disinfecting wipe. Don’t use sponges to
clean tables, you risk transferring germs onto your dirty dishes or
vice versa.
Keep raw meat on the
bottom shelf.
raw meat, fish, and poultry on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator.
This area is the coldest, so they will stay fresh for longer, plus it
has benefits in terms of food safety too. By being on the bottom
shelf, the packaged meat can’t leak or drip and infect the foods
below it.
Wash your hands.
to wash your hands before every stage of food preparation is putting
you at risk for cross-contamination. If you are handling raw chicken
then begin to chop vegetables without washing your hands first, you
are transferring all that bacteria without realizing it. A thorough
hand-washing should take at least 20 seconds and include soap and
warm water.
Keep your sponge clean.
all of the bacteria that your sponge comes in contact with on a daily
basis, it doesn’t take long before the sponge itself becomes ridden
with germs. If you use the same dirty sponge for too long, it begins
spreading more bacteria than it cleans. To be safe, replace your
sponge every two weeks or throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds to
disinfect it.
refrigerated food to stay fresh for as long as possible, it is
critical that your refrigerator is consistently below 40° F –
anything higher than that and bacteria growth rates begin to
skyrocket. If your refrigerator is not maintaining a constant
temperature, it could be heading towards a complete breakdown. If
your refrigerator isn’t operating properly and you live in New York,
call 24/7 Refrigerator Repair at 866-782-9376. We have more than 75
years of experience and provide emergency support every hour of every
day of the year.