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The Best Way to Disinfect Your Kitchen During Coronavirus

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We have been and are still being reminded about the proper way of washing our hands for 20 seconds and other self-protection measures against corona virus. We probably memorize all the dos and don'ts of going out in public by now. But we also know the virus is not only staying outside. It can be inside your home - the place that all of us possibly think is the safest place right now. As we are all aware of, corona virus is invisible to the naked eye and transmitted via airborne droplets that can stay feasible for hours or longer. It is essential to take note of the important considerations when it comes to keeping your home free of viruses and germs.

Bacteria can spread easily in the kitchen, than in other parts of your home. And since most people are staying in their home for quarantine, they spend more time in the kitchen cooking, doing the chores, and getting drinks and food. Yes, more time of going in and out of the kitchen, more chances of being exposed to bacteria.

Check out the sources of contamination in your kitchen.

  • Raw meats, poultry, and fish

These items carry numerous harmful bacteria such as the E.coli - the most serious one. This type of bacteria can cause Hemolytic uremic syndrome, a deadly disease that can affect children, and even adults.

  • Chicken and turkey

These can carry shigella, salmonella, and campylobacter - bacteria which cause diarrhea, cramping, and fever.

  • Shellfish

Seafood such as clams, oysters, and other shellfish can be contaminated with vibrio species of bacteria that causes diarrhea, and with hepatitis A virus.

Your kitchen tools can be contaminated too.

Contact with infected people, contaminated foods, pets, and other sources can contaminate your kitchen tools. Take a look at the items that you should always clean properly.

  • Refrigerators (especially the fridge and freezer doors, and shelves on the inside)
  • Garbage disposals
  • Dishrags, towels, sponges, and scrubbers
  • Can openers
  • Counter tops
  • Cutting boards
  • Sink drains
  • Appliances such as food processors and blenders
  • Silverware
  • Drawers

Before we dive into an explanation of how to disinfect your kitchen properly, let us first understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Not because you clean something, it is already safe. Cleaning just removes dirt, grease, food residues, and bacteria. Disinfecting, on the other hand, kills viruses and parasites. It is important to clean thoroughly before disinfecting.

Here are some experts' advice on keeping your kitchen clean and safe during this pandemic.

  • Make sure to wash your hands with soap and warm running water before and after cleaning, sterilizing, and disinfecting. You can also use disposable gloves when you are disinfecting your kitchen or your home.
  • When cleaning the surface, rinse and scrub it first with warm water and soap or detergent to remove the dirt. Then apply the disinfectant such as alcohol, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or other compatible disinfection agents. Just be sure the disinfectant you will use will not cause any damage to the surface being cleaned.
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly. Clean the kitchen and the bathroom daily as it is a high-traffic area in your home.
  • Remember to ventilate the room when you are disinfecting with agents to remove any toxic fumes.
  • Please note to not mix disinfectants together. These can often react with one another, producing chemicals that are toxic and dangerous.
  • Clean can openers, handheld, and electric after each use. Then wipe them with your bleach solution and let air dry.
  • If possible, keep two cutting boards for meat, and the other one for fruits and vegetables. Also, clean them after each use, spray, or wipe with your bleaching solution and let air dry. Before you use them again, wash them with clean water.
  • Clean your counter tops first before disinfecting. Then wipe them with a bleach solution and allow them to dry.
  • Use a clean towel and dishcloth daily. Put in the laundry after use and get a clean one.
  • Your refrigerator should be cleaned regularly. Wipe it with a bleach solution. Clean the spills right away and do not let food decay inside.
  • Check expiration dates and specific instructions on any products you use.
  • Always keep in mind that natural products such as vinegar are NOT effective for getting rid of viruses.

Doing this will not only keep you safe from corona virus. It will also give you peace of mind, knowing that your living space is free from bacteria, viruses, and germs.