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How to Clean, Sanitize, and Disinfect Your Kitchen

The right products are essential when keeping your kitchen clean, sanitized, and disinfected.


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As food-lovers, us Pinoys can always be found in the kitchen, whipping up something delicious for the family. Cooking is a usual bonding activity and food is our love language! So, it’s important to keep the kitchen spotless and clean We don’t want our loved ones getting sick because of disease-causing bacteria.

A cleaner that cleans and disinfects should be part of your homecare kit. More importantly, using these disinfectants the right way will get rid of the largest amount of germs, and will avoid your family from getting ill. Read on for some useful guidelines.

Going back to the basics

Before going into detail on tips and tricks to a safe kitchen, let’s first define and differentiate all these methods.

  • Cleaning: The action of removing dust, debris, and visible dirt from a surface by either wiping, washing, scrubbing, or rinsing.

  • Disinfecting: The process of removing germs from surfaces by killing or inactivating bacteria and viruses typically on hard, nonporous surfaces. Can take time and needs a strong disinfectant.

Cleaning in the kitchen: Which surfaces do I need to clean and disinfect? There are several areas within the kitchen that you should disinfect regularly.

High touch areas should be disinfected frequently to protect family members against harmful germs. Items such as handles, appliances, remotes, light switches, keys, taps, and doorknobs should be wiped daily or every two days or so to keep them safe and clean.

Food preparation surfaces should be cleaned and sanitized daily. Areas such as tabletops and kitchen counters can be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down with a clean, soft cloth. All-purpose or kitchen specific surface cleaners such as Domex Multi-Purpose Cleaner is our recommended product for this task.

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Clean your refrigerator and storage cupboard weekly or every two weeks. Ensure that the surface is thoroughly rinsed with clean water before returning items back into the fridge.

It's also essential to disinfect chopping boards frequently. The best approach is to scrub at the boards with a bleach-based cleaning solution to kill any bacteria that may cling to the board. Make sure you rinse thoroughly.

Your sink will come into a lot of contact with plates, cutlery, and the food you eat, so you must disinfect it meticulously. In addition to washing out and disinfecting the surface, consider drying out your sink with a towel after use, as damp conditions can accelerate the growth of germs!

Not only is your trash can a germ hotspot, it will also start to smell if it's not regularly cleaned. Every couple of weeks, you should clean it out using the Domex Multi-Purpose Cleaner by mixing it with water and using a cloth to wash the inside and outside.

And finally, cleaning your sponges and brushes once they have been used is essential for preventing the growth of dangerous microbes. Use boiling water and a bleach-based disinfectant such as Domex Multi-Purpose Cleaner to disinfect these items at least once a week. Soak items for 10 minutes and thoroughly rinse off the disinfectant before using them.

Disinfectants and antibacterial cleaners are vital to maintaining a hygienic household. But as with all household cleaning products, it is important to read the label carefully before using them. Work in a well-ventilated area, wear suitable protection on your hands and face, and always remember to clean your hands afterwards.

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