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. While your dishwasher can take care of most of your cleaning issues, it’s not the only thing you’ll need to keep an eye on.
You might not think much of your sink being an incredibly dirty place – after all, it’s designed to clean! You might think that constant running water interspersed with soap gives the sink a periodic cleanse. But bacteria from food particles can thrive in such moist conditions. This could be a cause of illness. As such, try to keep your sink as clean as your toilet. Using a dishwasher more often can also keep your sink cleaner, by removing the chance for old food to dry up and stay in your plug or sink. It also reduces the amount of water used in a wash, keeping things efficient.
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 heavy pots and pans from holding stagnant water over a drying period (by allowing the water to drain properly). There’s always a chance that your guests may not think to leave old glasses in your dishwasher.
It's very important to keep worktops and chopping boards clean because they come in contact with the food you are going to eat. If they aren't properly clean, bacteria could spread to food and make you and your loved ones 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 and clean worktops thoroughly 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 food, unless you have washed them all thoroughly first. Washing these areas clean with antibacterial soap is a good idea.
The dangers of unprepared chicken are well documented, but it’s not the only health risk when it comes to preparing food. Chopping boards themselves can harbor a range of bacteria, which could make meal preparation unsafe. Fortunately, chopping boards are one of the easiest items 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 work 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.