5 Things to Keep Clean to Avoid Food Poisoning

The world demands multitasking – sometimes we have to talk on the phone, watch TV, look after our kids, and prepare food at the same time. As if that weren’t enough to overlook important details, warmer weather brings more cheerfulness and consequent light-mindedness in our lives! Don’t take us wrong, we are not complaining, we’re just stating the fact: one should take special precautionary measures in spring and summer to avoid food poisoning. As well as in any other season.

It is vital to keep the following things clean if you want to prevent bacterial growth in your kitchen:

Your Hands

Pay special attention to spaces between fingers, under fingernails, to your thumbs and wrists

Try to keep your hands clean at all times while preparing food – scrub them thoroughly with soap, paying special attention to the spaces between fingers and under fingernails, for 20 seconds at least. The same rule works for your little kitchen helpers – remind your kids to wash their hands immediately after they stop mixing or kneading to prevent the possibility of bacterial growth.

Working Surfaces

Clean working surfaces in your kitchen before and after cooking or eating a meal.

Keep your working surfaces as clean as possible – wash them with hot soapy water, remove all left-over food, and never leave kitchen utensils on them after you finish cooking. Remember to wash the counter not only after cooking a meal, but before you start slicing and dicing, too.


Washing dishes with hot soapy water or in a dishwasher prevents bacterial growth.

Wash the dishes in a dishwashing machine or in hot soapy water, rinse and dry them thoroughly, and never use chipped dishes able to collect bacteria.

Towels and Sponges

Replace your kitchen sponges regularly or sterilize them in your microwave

Change dish towels often, and wash them at a high temperature in your washing machine. Never use damp towels, as they offer excellent breeding grounds for bacteria. Get rid of dirty sponges, or sterilize them in your microwave: nuke your sponges for around two minutes; be careful when taking them out of the microwave - they will be hot.

Fridge and Microwave

Remember to store perishable foods in a cooler while defrosting or cleaning your fridge.

Take good care of your fridge paying special attention to the sides, the shelves, and the door. Temporarily place perishable foods in coolers when defrosting or cleaning the fridge. Don’t forget to clean the microwave, too – the splatters inside of it can contain lots of bacteria as well.

Do you have other ideas about what one should pay special attention to in the kitchen to prevent food poisoning? Feel free to share in the comments section!

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