Key steps: Disinfecting the kitchen and bathroom
- Key areas to tackle in the bathroom and kitchen are the surfaces you most frequently touch, such as door handles and taps.
- It's important to disinfect your home regularly, but do not over-use disinfectant as this can actually be bad for your health.
A disinfectant will be one of your domestic cleaning staples. As they help to keep your loved ones free from nasty infections and keep your hard surfaces looking clean, kitchen and bathroom disinfectants are used very frequently every house. Just what is the appropriate way to use these disinfectants, though? The correct application of a disinfectant will kill the largest proportion of bacteria, keeping everyone else at their healthiest. This article offers some useful guidelines.
There are a number of areas that you should disinfect on a regular basis:
How to disinfect kitchen countertops
As a good hygiene practice, food preparation surfaces should be cleaned on a daily basis. Tabletops and kitchen counters can be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down with a clean soft cloth. Clean the inside of your refrigerator and storage cupboards, too – though be sure to use an appropriate product whenever cleaning the inside of the fridge and to follow the instructions on the label carefully (we like Cif Anti-bacterial Multi-purpose spray). Find out more about cleaning kitchen countertops with our handy advice.
How to disinfect chopping boards
Chopping boards and breadboards must also be disinfected frequently. The best approach is to scrub at the boards with a vinegar or chlorine-based cleaning solution to kill off the bacteria growing within their pores. Once cleaned, wooden chopping boards should be dried with a paper towel before air-drying if possible (though not in direct sunlight as this can cause the wood to splinter). We have more information about cleaning chopping boards here.
Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use.
Disinfect the kitchen sink
Your sink will come into a lot of contact with plates, cutlery, and the food you eat, so it is vital that you disinfect it thoroughly. In addition to washing out and disinfecting the surface, consider drying out your sink with a towel after using it – damp conditions accelerate bacterial growth. Our article on cleaning a stainless steel sink has more advice.
How to clean a bin
Not only is your rubbish bin going to harbour a lot of germs, it will start to smell if left dirty for a long time. Maintain your bin by wiping it with disinfectant spray every day, then every couple of weeks you should clean the bin out by wiping inside the bin and applying a deodoriser to get rid of the nasty smells (or you could sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda).
Clean tables and chairs
Finally, wipe down the kitchen tables and chairs before serving up meals – not just after they get dirty. Remember to use a cleaning product suitable for the surface you're working on.
How to clean toilets and sinks
Be sure to disinfect areas where a lot of bacteria are likely to build up – like the toilet bowl and under the sink taps. Commercial cleaners like Domestos are great for effectively disinfecting the toilet bowl. Always be sure to read the instructions on your product and to wear rubber gloves when handling bleach. Read our guide for more tips on using bleach safely.
Don't forget: Disinfect door knobs and damp areas
Clean and disinfect the surfaces that are the most frequently touched – the door handles, the washbasin, and the toilet roll holder. Don’t forget about the areas that remain damp or wet for extended periods of time – use disinfectants on the bath, shower, and sink.
Safe disinfectant tips
Disinfectants and anti-bacterial agents are vital to maintaining a hygienic household, but they must not be over-used. Over-use of disinfectant might harm your immune system, and might also encourage bacterial resistance to disinfectants.
As with all domestic cleaning products, read the label carefully before using any disinfectant product, work in a well-ventilated area, wear suitable protection on your hands and face, and finally, remember to clean your hands afterwards.