Keeping the kitchen worktops clean can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle, with family members not wiping up after themselves. However, with the onset of the warm weather, keeping on top of this task could help to avoid any nasty bug spreading quickly around your family.
There are more insects flying into our homes and if they land on the kitchen worktops and start to consume food particles left there, they are going to leave germs behind, too. This is just one reason that you should get into the habit of cleaning the surfaces before and after food preparation.
Moving items on the worktop
To reduce the amount of potential places for germs to multiply is important, if items you have on the counter tops are not in use regularly then store the items away. This means there is less to move when you need to really scrub those counter tops.
Clearing the worktops makes the kitchen less cluttered and there are fewer items to clean on a regular basis, just to make sure the product isn’t getting dusty.
What products to use when cleaning your worktops can itself seem overwhelming, all claiming they are the best. It is just as good to use hot soapy water as a standard cleaning option; it gets the job done.
You can use a mild bleach solution on a regular basis in case there are some germs hiding, I seldom use an anti-bacterial product because I am fearful of the germs becoming resilient to antibiotics and causing more problems in the future.
It is important that you are regularly moving the items that you do store on the countertops to wipe underneath; this ensures the removal of any food particles and reduces the risk of insects and rodents coming into your home. I have a dislike of the thought of a rodent entering my home and climbing over work surfaces, as I know they don’t have a bladder and they are constantly urinating, this can spread illness. If there is no food source then they are less likely to come into the home.
Protecting the worktop from cuts and damage is important if you are looking to protect your family from illness, it is easy for germs to penetrate the countertop if you have not been careful and used a cutting board. For areas that have damage look up the manufacturer’s instructions to repair the damage or preventing further damage to occur.
It is important that you don’t leave food out on the counter without protection from the elements for any length of time; if you need to leave items to cool then invest in items you can use to cover and protect. A mesh is a cheap option; alternatively, you could use a clean tea towel, but remember to put into the wash after using it, in case any insects did land on the tea towel.
It is vital for the health of your family that you establish a routine of wiping down the work tops regularly to ensure they are germ free, before you prepare food.