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8 Kitchen Hygiene Tips for a Happy, Healthy Home

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The kitchen is the centre of the home, where families and friends gather together to share food, memories, stories and also – germs.

Although microorganisms cannot reproduce on surfaces, they can remain in them. To avoid the spread of germs, Maite Pelay, a microbiologist and technical spokesperson for the Silestone Institute, tells us eight ways to keep our kitchen safe and clean:

  1. Wash your hands with warm soapy water, scrubbing vigorously for at least 20 seconds ensuring to scrub your fingers, back of hands and wrists. Wipe your hands dry with a clean cloth or single-use paper towel
  2. Clean countertops and surfaces frequently with a scouring pad and a household cleaner or with soap and water. Allow the cleaner to sit for a few minutes and then rinse and dry the area with a clean cloth
  3. Always keep common spaces clean including knobs on the doors and cabinets, light switches, and fridge handles
  4. Cook food at a high temperature (above 70 degrees) and keep it protected to avoid contamination
  5. If food is not going to be consumed immediately, refrigerate it or keep it warm (above 65 degrees)
  6. Clean dishes and kitchenware, preferably in the dishwasher at a maximum temperature
  7. Change and wash kitchen towels frequently in each cooking session and leave items like scouring pads and cloths to soak in 10% bleach for five minutes
  8. Once you are finished cooking, do an overall clean of the kitchen and the floors and ensure ventilation of the entire area

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