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The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s often the place where you congregate as a family to eat and talk together. It may be the place where your kids do their homework. And it’s where you prepare your family’s meals. It is, therefore, important that this room is cared for, to allow it to fulfill its purpose. And to keep your family safe and well.

 

  1. Cleaning And Deep Cleaning

 

Like any room of the house, the kitchen needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Because you prepare food there, it’s important you don’t allow germs and bacteria to spread. The following should be completed each day:

 

 

Securing food and kitchen waste is extremely important. Pests such as bugs and rodents are often tempted by food. So, keeping your kitchen clean can deter them from entering. Dealing with rats and other pests is not pleasant. Preventing their arrival is much easier.
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Other regular kitchen cleaning tasks include:

 

  • Wiping down cupboard doors and drawer fronts
  • Vacuuming
  • Disinfecting surfaces, especially if you have pets
  • Cleaning grills and ovens
  • Washing textiles such as tablecloths and tea towels, etc.
  • Mopping or steaming the kitchen floor
  • Replacing old cloths and sponges

 

Less regular deep cleaning tasks might include:

 

  • Washing windows (inside and out)
  • Cleaning filters and fans
  • Cleaning food disposal units and drains
  • Cleaning the fridge
  • Moving furniture and white goods and cleaning behind them

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  1. Safety Precautions

 

Kitchens can be dangerous places, especially for young children. A few common-sense safety precautions are, therefore, necessary.

 

Never leave pans unattended and ensure handles are turned inward. This will prevent them being knocked over accidentally.

 

Use child safety locks on cupboards and fridges. This will prevent young children from opening them and grabbing items. Safety locks can also be fitted to stove knobs to prevent accidentally switching them on. This is also useful if you have pets.

 

Don’t put sharp objects in the sink to soak. If you need to do this, alert other family members first. This will prevent possible injuries.

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  1. Store Food Correctly

 

Storing food correctly keeps it safe from cross contamination. It also helps it to last longer. Adhere to the following food rules:

 

  • Fridges should be kept at 5C or below.
  • Check use by dates and adhere to them. Don’t take chances.
  • Store raw meat in sealed containers on the bottom shelf. This will prevent it dripping into other food.
  • Don’t place tins into the fridge. The metal can transfer to the food.
  • Don’t place warm food in the fridge. Allow it to cool first.
  • Store eggs in their cartons and not in the door of the fridge.
  • Store dry food in jars or canisters rather than bags. This will prevent spillage.
  • Store food according to packet instructions.

 

Most of these actions take a little extra time and thought. But it’s best to take that time to ensure your kitchen remains a healthy environment for the whole family.

 

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