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Kitchen safety: how to keep your kitchen clean and avoid cross-contamination

To decrease the chances of becoming ill, ensure your kitchen is hygienic with these bacteria-fighting tips on cross contamination & kitchen safety!


By Cleanipedia Team

salmon on a chopping board whilst observing kitchen safety rules
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Key Steps:

Keep your kitchen cleaning cupboard supplied with essential products:

  • Anti-bacterial multi-purpose spray

  • Anti-bacterial floor cleaner

  • Dishwashing liquid

Some people put it down to bad luck when they catch an infection, or simple good fortune when they manage to avoid it. But the truth is that there is a lot you can do to decrease your risk of coming in contact with harmful bacteria. Your kitchen space can easily become a hotspot for any kind of bacteria, and improving kitchen safety is a good place to start if you want to improve your health and avoid cross-contamination between the fridge and stove. Read on for our four essential tips for kitchen safety and an explanation of what cross-contamination is.

It’s so important to keep your kitchen areas clean and tidy in order to avoid cross-contamination. Using specialist cleaning products for the kitchen (like Cif Antibacterial Spray for surfaces) can help you sanitise surfaces and items throughout your kitchen, keeping you and your family safe. Just read the directions before using any cleaning product, and test it on a small area first.


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What is Cross-contamination?

Cross-contamination might sound a bit complicated at first, but understanding it is actually very easy. It refers to the physical transfer of harmful bacteria from one person or object to another or, when talking about the kitchen, from one food to another. To ensure kitchen safety, it is important to know what that entails exactly. If contaminated food comes in contact with other food, whether this happens through direct contact or through a contaminated work surface, kitchen tool, or simply your hands, the harmful viruses and bacteria can spread and put your health at risk.

Kitchen Safety Tips to Avoid Cross-contamination

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Keeping your kitchen clean is the single biggest factor in avoiding cross-contamination, and it can be summed up as follows: Wash your hands, keep surfaces clean, and make sure your kitchen equipment is always clean.

  1. Wash your hands: Wash your hands with your soap of choice and hot water before and after coming in contact with food, as well as anytime you have come in contact with harmful bacteria. And don’t forget to remove any kind of jewellery before touching food.

  2. Keep surfaces clean: Cleaning products designed specifically for the kitchen (like Cif Antibacterial Spray) will keep your kitchen in top form. Make sure to read the directions on the label of any cleaning product and to test it on a small area first. Make sure to always use fresh paper towels, or clean kitchen towels, to keep your kitchen surfaces dry and clean. Wash your kitchen cloths regularly, and use different towels for different tasks. Keeping your kitchen floor clean is essential too, since an overall clean working space in the kitchen will inevitably increase kitchen safety. A mop and a good floor cleaner like Cif Express Direct to Floor Antibacterial will help you tackle the job quickly. Just follow the instructions on the product’s label and allow the floor time to dry before re-entering the room.

  3. Wash dishes and cutlery thoroughly: This one is a given – if you wash your dishes by hand, use hot water and a good dishwashing liquid like Persil Washing Up Liquid. Try to wash dishes soon after using them – don’t let them fester for days and days to minimise the risk of cross-contamination and spreading harmful bacteria.

  4. Clean chopping boards: You should use different chopping boards for chopping vegetables, meat, or fish. Wash your chopping board with hot water before you move on to the next food item, and replace old ones once they become harder to clean properly. Non-porous plastic chopping boards are the safer choice, as wooden chopping boards are more likely to contaminate food and compromise your health. This article explains exactly how to sanitise your chopping boards.

It’s simple – by following these basic tips, you can reduce the risk of cross-contamination in your kitchen and keep it sparkling clean all at the same time!

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