Tips on Kitchen Cleanliness

A clean kitchen serves multiple purposes. First, it fosters healthy food preparation while it discourages presence of pests and unwanted creatures. An orderly kitchen also helps prevent accidents at home caused by a variety of things. So how do we keep our kitchen clean? Sounds like a simple task but there are also other things we need to bear in mind as we start putting things in order.

Combine cooking and cleaning
Keep a schedule to cleaning all areas in the kitchen including inside the refrigerator, freezer and other machines. Sweep the kitchen floor at least once a day. Mop the floor immediately after any spill to prevent accidents and proliferation of dirt and bacteria.

What belongs to kitchen, stays in the kitchen
Items in the kitchen should be for the sole use in the kitchen. Kitchen scissors may not be used to cut paper or other things not involved in the cooking process. Seasonal furniture or even utensils — extra plates and utensils used during fiestas — are best stored in a storage locker when the festivities are over.

Check containers for damage
Check pans, measuring cups,  bowls and other kitchen accessories and ensure they have no breaks, cracks or corrosion. If they do, discard for repair or replace immediately.

Keeping off rodents and insects
Ensure that dry bulk food such as corn starch, sugar or flour are stored in a tightly covered metal or glass containers. This will keep cockroaches, rats or ants at bay. Also maintain cleanliness by throwing away discarded paper or plastic containers so they don’t become dwelling places for insects. Making use of lids is also an innovative way of maintaining cleanliness in the kitchen. Lids of various containers can be used over which you can place jars and containers which contain sticky liquids. The reason behind it is that it helps to clean only the lids rather than cleaning the whole shelf. This eventually saves time and energy.

Dispose of garbage every day
My suggestion is to dispose garbage right after cleaning the kitchen every night. This ensures that rubbish bins are free from infestation of rodents and insects overnight, the best time for them to forage while everyone is asleep.

Maintain ventilation
Using ventilation maintains good air circulation in the kitchen as well as keep the flies out. Use fly attractors, glue boards and rodent traps where there are occasional signs of pests.

Wear proper attire while cooking
Proper attire is not a costume but as protective attire. One may wear paper hat to prevent food contamination coming from, say human hair.

Head or hair coverings are important. A paper hat will work, but industrial food preparation usually requires employees to wear full hair nets that totally enclose the top, back and sides of the head. Additionally, it is important that contamination is not brought into the kitchen from outside, and that means diligently managing the clothing worn. For those who are processing raw meats and vegetables, clean kitchen aprons should be worn and then removed before moving to other areas of the kitchen.

Avoid handling foods if you are ill or injured
The kitchen is no place for an unwell employee. The common cold and other diseases are easily transmitted through casual contact with foods, and bandages or wound covering provide bacteria with favorable growth conditions. Employees that are sick or injured should be relegated to duties that do not expose them to possible contamination hazards. People with cuts and open sores are prohibited from food handling by federal safety regulations.