So there are a lot of kitchen tools we use to make life easier in the kitchen; some of these tools we use often, others once in a while. The kitchen should be the cleanest place in your home next to your bathroom.The most important reason is that you cook food in there which goes into your body (you want to be sure that the foods you’re eating or serving others has not been contaminated by dangerous bacteria coming from a dirty kitchen and dirty appliances).
So what are some of those kitchen items that can harbour bacteria the most and as such should be checked and cleaned very often.Here is my top 10 countdown based on my cooking experience:
- The Dish Rack: I typically give mine a good scrub every 1 to 2 weeks; considering how often I cook, my dishes pile up a bit. One good reason to wash your dish rack often is because you put clean dishes in it and there is a quick buildup of soap scum and mildew.
- The Fridge : I try to clean down the entire fridge monthly because it is a tedious job. In cooking school we did it every Monday which made sense since we had walk-in fridges stacked with food items. Reduce dirt buildup in your fridge by cleaning the bottom of jars and bowls before returning them to the fridge. Another tip that helps is to layer the fridge racks with dry clean paper towel.Your fridge will stay clear much longer
- The Sink & Sink Drain: Every day let hot water run down your sink to reduce grease and dirt buildup; in addition scrub it down everyday.You never know what scary minions are lurking beneathave.
- The Oven: I’ll suggest anything from 1 to 3 months depending on how often you bake or broil. The oven bottom usually bears the brunt of all the grease, grime, and food particles that travel down during the baking/grilling process.
- The Blender Gasket: if you’re an avid smoothie drinker like me, then it means you’re blender gasket would have a faster bacterial build up from all those delicious smoothies you make everyday. I try to clean mine weekly.
- The Knife/Cooking Utensils Holder: Monthly. Truth is I am not as disciplined as my darling mother who rinses every single kitchen item before she uses it. However, sometimes even the best of us don’t always clean our utensils as good as we should so chances are those “not very clean” utensils can encourage bacteria buildup or sometimes even mildew when they aren’t properly dried before been placed in the holder.
- The Kitchen Counters: in cooking school we scrubbed down our counters everyday but in reality we tend to only clean the spills we make on the counter. Aim to give it a good scrub if not daily at least every weekend.
- The Handles & Knobs: Weekly or bi-weekly, you touch these everyday and very often with contaminated hands.
- The Stove Switches & Burners: to prevent bacterial build up on the switches and also to reduce the possibility of fires from grease and grime that layers at the burner bottoms.
- Garbage Bins: for the very obvious reason that you store garbage in here.Sometimes there’s spill overs and honestly it can stink as bad as whatever it is you put in there.I suggest giving it a weekly to bi-weekly clean.