Did you know that the consensus medical opinion is that the coronavirus is here to stay? Many experts have stated that a return to normalcy likely is not possible until a reliable vaccine is widely available, and this could take a year or even more. Therefore, make cleaning and disinfecting your home a habit.
For most families in the US, the kitchen is the heart of the home. The reason is simple. It is a place where individuals congregate for family meals, conversations, makeshift arts and crafts, and a lot more. However, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, cleaning and disinfecting your kitchen are more important than ever. Therefore, keeping your kitchen clean and tidy is an excellent rule to live by.
As so many people tend to spend time in the kitchen, as well as the addition of food – you have to keep your kitchen as safe and clean as possible. This is especially important, as the coronavirus is not going away anytime soon.
Therefore, you should create a habit of thorough cleaning in your kitchen and home. This is particularly true for your kitchen countertops and cabinets, usually exposed to several types of germs and bacteria.
Keep in mind that if you do not clean it properly, your kitchen may become a storehouse of bacteria and germs. This is why it is vital to keep your kitchen neat and clean to prevent bacteria and germs from making you or your family ill.
What Should You Disinfect?
The first and most important step is to consider which surfaces and spaces you frequently touch. Experts call them “high-contact” or “high-touch” surfaces.
In the kitchen, these surfaces would include various things, such as:
- Appliance handles
- Drawer pulls
- Faucet handles
- Light switches
Clean Thoroughly First
It is worth noting that cleaning will remove dirt and other organisms that often cling to dirt. You should clean all commonly used surfaces, including your kitchen counter, refrigerator door handles, a table in case you have an eat-in-kitchen, cutting boards, cabinet doors, and stove knobs.
You can wipe counters and your stovetop with water and dish detergent using a paper towel. Always use a new and clean paper towel and clean water for rinsing away the soap. And then allow the stove and counters to dry. You can also use a ceramic glass cooktop cleaner.
Wooden Cutting Boards
First, wash the cutting board with Bayes High-Performance Wood and Bamboo Conditioner and Protectant and warm water after every use. Another option for wooden surfaces is Begley’s Natural Plant-Based Hardwood Floor Cleaner.
Allow the cutting board to dry completely. Spray some white vinegar on your cutting board after it dries and rinse with cold water and then let it dry completely. People also use cutting board mineral oil and cutting board conditioner to keep their boards nice and tidy.
You can also use hydrogen peroxide. Use a cloth wet or paper towel with hydrogen peroxide and then gently wipe the surface before you rinse it off. You should make a checklist of surfaces and places to clean and always keep it handy.
For example, on your refrigerator door, place it a magnet. While simple soap and water will normally do, it is better to use specialized products. At the end of the day, clean your sponge by simply putting it in the dishwasher.
Disinfecting is Equally Important
Kitchen surfaces and spaces cannot just harbor the bacteria and germs we transfer from our belongings and hands, but also foodborne bacteria. This is why it is especially important to disinfect items adequately in your kitchen.
Experts recommend bleach for surfaces that can tolerate it. However, you have to make sure that the room has proper ventilation to get the job done safely. Also, keep in mind that bleach expires. This is why it is essential to check the expiration date on the bottle in order to make sure that it is current. When it comes to the best surfaces for bleach, note that countertops made of engineered quartz can usually tolerate many diluted bleach solutions.
It is worth noting that as your countertops are often exposed to food and hence viruses and germs, there are times that you’ll not just need a cleaner, but something to sanitize and disinfect countertops, as well. In these cases, you can use an antibacterial cleaner using the following steps:
- Step 1: Spray the countertop until wet.
- Step 2:Leave for thirty seconds to sanitize, or two minutes to disinfect.
- Step 3:Wipe away, and rinse all food contact surfaces thoroughly with water after use.
And if you have a butcher block counter, note that they have no sealant, and you can safely use diluted bleach on them.
Diluted bleach, 70% isopropyl alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide effectively kills coronavirus, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). You can make your own cleaning solution and use paper towels, or you can buy commercial sanitizers or wipes if you do not like spraying products.