Whether you’re single, live with a roommate or significant other, or you have a house full of kids, it’s important to keep your kitchen clean so that it remains a safe place for everyone. Food poisoning, like salmonella, can often be easy to get, but is also easy to prevent. The idea is to make sure that you are keeping your kitchen a clean and well taken care of area, and then you can avoid things like botulism.
If you aren’t sure of the proper ways to keep your kitchen clean, here are some tips that will hopefully help you avoid any food borne illnesses in your own home. You might not have to worry about a lawsuit over food poisoning in your own home, unless you are serving guests, but you still should want to eat healthy meals without worry.
Clean Your Counters
Make sure you clean your kitchen counters, often. If you prepare anything on them at all, you want to clean up immediately afterward. You never know what tiny fingers may get into whatever is on that counter if you have children in the home.
You also want to clean up between different meats to avoid contamination and things like salmonella. Wash your hands in between too. Make sure your are using healthy cleaners that aren’t putting toxins into the air as well.
Properly Wash Dishes
Just like your counters need proper washing, so to do your dishes. If you cut up some chicken on a plate, don’t just rinse it before cutting up tomatoes on it. Make sure you use dish soap and hot water so that you remove any bacteria that could spread and make your whole house sick.
Dishes need to be washed in hot water and with dish soap. If you have a dishwasher it can tackle some of the work out of it, but you still want to rinse stuff first.
Clean Out The Stove And Microwave
Clean out your microwave often as foods can splatter around in there and it can be pretty gross. It’s a haven for bacteria. It’s not hard to get in there with a wet, soapy cloth and wipe it down once in awhile.
The same goes for your stove, both inside and out. Keep the stovetop especially clean if you use it sometimes for food preparation or a utensil rest.
Clean Out Your Refrigerator
Most importantly, know when to throw away the things in your refrigerator. You can follow sell dates, but know that that is a recommendation for the store, not you. Your food could still be good beyond that date, which is why it’s important to spend a little time researching how long to keep certain items in your fridge.
When it comes to leftovers, if you’re not sure if it’s still good, just throw it out. Usually the average length for it still being edible is about four days.