Cleaning is such an important part of hygiene, which there a many types of. Right now, we are going to be discussing Kitchen Hygiene. Some of us might be saying to ourselves, Kitchen Hygiene?
We might hear people start off with, “well, after we finish eating, we should…”. This is out of the order of a sanitized kitchen. We should make sure our kitchen is properly sanitized before we ever begin to even think about going into the refrigerator or handling any foods.
Wipe It Down!
We might not realize it, but as we cook small particles of food may end of on our backsplash areas, our stoves, cabinets, walls, floors, in between areas of appliances, and maybe other areas of the kitchen.
The very first thing we need to do with our kitchen is properly sanitize it.
- This can be done by cleaning the ceiling first. The key is to start from top to bottom, letting all debris fall down to the floor.
- The next item to be cleaned should be the cabinets, starting from the inside to the outside. Of course when Properly Cleaning the inside of our cabinets we need to make sure they are empty. Once the inside of our cabinets are Properly cleaned, we need to wipe down all of the items we are putting back in them with a Different Sanitized Cloth.
- When wiping down our items we should understand that not doing so could potentially expose us to the Botulism toxin that is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Botulism has commonly been linked to home canned foods that have not been properly prepared and is unrefrigerated.
- After placing all of our sanitized items back in our sanitized cabinets, we should sanitize the outside of our cabinets.
- Then we will sanitize our walls and backsplash areas.
- Sanitize all of the counter tops and sinks, this will have to be done twice, the next step is the reason for this.
- remove all items from the freezer and place them in the sanitized sinks and on sanitized counter tops if needed.
- Properly sanitize the freezer, replace items removed from freezer, repeat the same process with the refrigerator.
- Next Properly sanitize the outside of the refrigerator.
- Clean Stove tops and ovens inside and out.
- Finally, we are ready to sweep, then mop. These are the final steps to sanitizing our kitchen.
The Impact Of Preventive Measures
It is often that a new story seems to be in the headlines about foodborne illnesses. There may be times that these illnesses may be out of our control. We can always take preventive measures by doing everything in our power to control these outbreaks. It is important to utilize the best practices in kitchen hygiene and sanitation.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that foodborne diseases cause approximately 45 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3000 deaths in the United States each year.
We must remember that foodborne illnesses include both viruses and bacteria. In general, these diseases travel from one place to another by hitch-hiking on unwashed hands or relaxing on contaminated utensils. These sometimes deadly, harmful bacteria thrive in the same sorts of temperatures human beings do. Similar to us, they do not like temperatures that are too hot or too cold either. A room-temperature countertop is a cozy, ideal place for bacteria to grow and multiply.
Thorough cleaning is important in preventing the harmful spread of foodborne illnesses, viruses and bacteria. Proper cleaning is such an important part of kitchen hygiene.
It is essential that we do our part in preventing the harmful spread of foodborne illnesses, viruses and bacteria by practicing proper kitchen hygiene in our own kitchens first.
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Blessings To All Of You,