Danger in the Kitchen

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For every pan unturned, and in the corner of every kitchen, bacteria, dirt and other nasties can lurk, untouched by cleaning solutions. The dirtiest places in the kitchen harbor the most problems, and it’s best for you to be aware of them in order to clean them thoroughly, and often. Keep dirt at bay with our guide.

The Sink

You might not think much of your sink being an incredibly dirty place – after all, it’s designed to clean! But bacteria from food particles left after a wash can thrive in such moist conditions. This could be a cause of illness. As such, keep your sink as clean as your toilet, with disinfectant solution and bleach. Using a dishwasher instead can also keep your sink cleaner, by removing the chance for old food to stay in your plug or sink.

Draining boards

Just like the sink, draining boards can harbor bacteria if they’re not wiped down regularly. If there are some things that you don’t want to go in your dishwasher, then purchasing a drying rack will prevent your plates and glasses from harbouring stagnant water over a drying period (by allowing the water to drain properly), there’s a chance your guests may not think to leave old glasses in your dishwasher.

Counter tops

It's very important to keep worktops and chopping boards clean because they touch the food you are going to eat. If they aren't properly clean, bacteria could spread to food and make you ill.

Here are a few quick tips about counter tops:

·         Wash your countertops before you start preparing food.

·         Wipe up spilt food as soon as possible.

·         Make sure you wash worktops after they have been touched by raw food including meat, poultry, or raw eggs.

·         Never put ready-to-eat food on a countertop or chopping board that has previously           been touched by raw foods, unless you have washed them all thoroughly first.

Chopping boards

The dangers of unprepared chicken are well documented, but it’s not the only concern when preparing food. Fortunately, although the chopping board is one of the most commonly used items in your kitchen it’s also the easiest to clean. Simply pop it in the dishwasher after you have prepared your food (we recommend splitting chopping boards into preparing meat on one, vegetables on another and finally fish on a third) and wash! 

One of the best foundations for a clean kitchen is clean plates, and one of the easiest ways to achieve them is by using Finish Shine and Protect dishwasher tablets, which works to make sure that all of your dishes are treated with care, and left clean. When it comes to dishes, all you have to do to take this weight off your mind is stack the dishwasher. Finish does the hard work for you.