The kitchen in a family’s home is so much more than a kitchen. Sure, it’s where you keep and prepare food, but it’s also a high-traffic area that everyone goes in and out of multiple times a day for multiple reasons. It’s where meals, conversation, homework, bonding, bickering, and so much more happen. It’s also a place that can get really dirty, really fast because of all that traffic and it’s incredibly important to keep your kitchen clean in order to help keep your family healthy.
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Any germs or pathogens in your kitchen can easily make their way into the food your family eats or simply be spread by touching a contaminated surface. This can end up causing an illness that then spreads to the rest of the family. Nobody wants that, which is why cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen regularly to get rid of germs is something we should all be doing. We’re not suggesting you keep your kitchen hermetically sealed and ban everyone from entering it. What we are suggesting is adopting a few cleaning habits that will help keep your family healthy.
We’ve got kitchen cleaning tips that you and your entire household–yes, everyone can help, this doesn’t have to be all on you–can incorporate into the daily routines that will help you keep germs away. Keep in mind that these cleaning tips are something you want to start doing before anyone ever gets sick because if someone in your family is already sick, your disinfecting measures need to be adjusted to an even higher level. As we all know, it’s easier to keep a healthy family in good health than it is to try and stop the spread of an illness within the family once a family member has gotten sick.
Let’s start off by reviewing the proper way to wash your hands.
So much of staying healthy and keeping others healthy involves keeping germs off your hands, which is why we all want to be washing our hands correctly and teaching our children how to wash them correctly. Remember that a good handwashing should last at least 20 seconds and include cleaning under your fingernails. This video by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks down the process for you and yours.
What should you use to clean?
Use sprays or wipes that say they kill 99.9% of germs. If you can’t find or don’t have those kinds of cleaners, don’t worry. You can use good ol’ soap and water. Mix a small amount of dish soap with about 1 cup of water, spray on surfaces, then scrub the germs away.
Read the instructions on your cleaning products.
Even if a product says it kills 99.9% of germs, that may only be the case if you are following the directions. Some products