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.
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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
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.
- 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.
- Keep surfaces clean: Cleaning products designed specifically for the kitchen (like HANDY ANDY Kitchen Cream) 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.
- 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. 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.
- Clean chopping boards: Ideally, use different chopping boards for chopping vegetables and handling meat. 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.
It’s simple – by following these basic tips, you can reduce the risk of cross-contamination in your kitchen.