Of all of the rooms there are in your home there are only two that really have the potential to make your family ill. The kitchen is the first, the bathroom being the other.
The kitchen is a high use room. By this I mean that the kitchen is a frequently used room by all members of the family. The kitchen is also a place of food preparation. What do you think could happen if you wash the counter with your sponge then prepare food in the area washed? You’d think that you’d be preparing food on a clean surface but chances are you’d be wrong.
In the kitchen there are several places bacteria, viruses, germs, and even fungi can hide. Sponges, dish clothes, and hand towels are three very common places. The common household kitchen sponge is great the first time you use it. After that first time though it will contain germs. Each and every use adds more germs to that sponge. Same for dish clothes. They get wet and dry, get wet and dry, get wet and dry. When you mix that with the fact that you clean and wash food and grime with them you get the sum of a lot of bacteria. When you then wash down the kitchen table and the counters with that infested sponge or dish cloth you are spreading the germs that it contains to others surfaces.
The way to prevent germs from the sponge or dish cloth contaminating your kitchen surfaces and dishes is to replace them often. A new sponge each week keeps sponge germs from multiplying to the point of unhealthy, as does a fresh dish cloth each day. Rinsing these items with bleach can also effectively kills germs.
Knowing that alone can make your kitchen a healthier and safer place for food preparation, but if your cleanup after the preparing is done is not thorough more bacteria will result. Just as food must be prepared on a clean surface, the surface must be cleaned after the food is prepared. Foods like raw meat can leave behind germs, bacteria, viruses, even parasites on your kitchen surfaces, in your sponges, on your utensils and even on your hands. All of these things should be washed in hot soapy water immediately after preparations of all meats to ensure family members do not get ill. A household cleaner like Lysol can and should be used to kill any germs that the soap and water doesn’t get on counters, tables, stovetops, refrigerators, floors, or any other hard kitchen surfaces.
Keeping your family safe from germs in the kitchen is as easy as replacing sponges weekly, dish cloths and hand towels daily, and thoroughly cleaning all surfaces with a product such as Lysol both before and after food preparation.