Just thinking about all the germs hanging out in our kitchens right now is giving us hives. Because the kitchen is the place where food is stored, prepared and eaten, it should be one of the cleanest places in our homes. But it’s because of all this activity that happens in our kitchens that it can be difficult to keep track of all the potential germ hotspots.
If you want to make sure that your kitchen really is hygienically clean, these are the 6 most important things to focus on.
1. Dish drying rack
Think about it: you put your CLEAN dishes in the rack to dry, so this should be one of the first things you clean in the kitchen. There’s no point wasting your precious time washing the dishes if you’re going to put them in a rack that isn’t clean.
The easiest way to wash your dish drying rack is to do it just before you wash the dishes. Fill your sink with hot water and a squirt of MAQ Dishwashing Liquid, then give it a good scrub. Now you don’t have to worry about germs getting on your sparkling clean dishes!
2. Work surfaces
It’s so important to clean work surfaces as you cook. Not only does this strategy make preparing a meal easier and cleaning up afterwards much quicker, but it also goes a long way to preventing the spread of germs from one area to another.
Mop up spills as they occur and wipe down surfaces with a solution of MAQ Dishwashing Liquid in warm water. Because MAQ is formulated with concentrated limonene (a super degreaser extracted from lemons), it cuts through grease with almost no effort.
3. Chopping boards
You know exactly how many different kinds of foods are prepped on your trusty chopping boards -including cooked and uncooked meats.
To prevent germs from one type of food being passed on to another type of food (think raw chicken bacteria on your cucumber salad), squirt the board with MAQ Dishwashing Liquid and scrub well. Give it a rinse and allow it to dry thoroughly before using it again.
4. Sinks and draining boards
Because you clean and prep raw vegetables and meat in and around the sink, your sink and draining board are ‘high risk’ areas for germs to breed and multiply. Thoroughly clean your sink and draining boards before and after you use them, to remove food debris and get rid of germs.
5. Dish cloths
There’s really no point cleaning anything in your kitchen if you’re going to do it with a germy dish cloth. In fact, dish cloths spread more germs from one place to another than anything else in the kitchen!
Make sure your dish cloths aren’t working against you by soaking them in a solution of water with a few drops of MAQ Thick Bleach in it every day. Let them dry properly before you use them again.
It’s just not good enough to give your drains a once-over with a cloth. Instead, grab an old toothbrush, squirt some MAQ Dishwashing Liquid on the bristles and really give the plug and strainer a good scrubbing. Just be prepared – if you haven’t done this in a while, you might be horrified by the gunk that comes off!