At a time like this in the world today, with the outbreak of the Coronavirus, keeping our kitchen and home clean from bacterias and germs is vital. The kitchen is becoming used more and more due to everyone working and studying from home. The kitchen will need to be cleaned a couple of times a day to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Information about the pandemic will develop as the time goes on, so for most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the following online resources from the professionals – WHO, CDC and your local public health department. To protect yourself and others, listen to the government’s advice, wash your hands for 20 seconds regularly, avoid contact with sick individuals and sanitize your home every day.
With new evidence showing that the Coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on particular surfaces, it is important to thoroughly clean first before disinfecting the area. Cleaning surfaces and high-touched areas first removes the dirt and the organisms that cling to it. It may be handy to make a checklist of the places to clean and keep it handy. Clean these items with a simple soap and warm water.
The virus known as COVID-19 has a fatty outer membrane surrounding it that is easily disrupted by soap and water and many disinfectants. In this blog, we will explain what areas need to be cleaned and provide you with some great cleaning tips.
Areas to clean
- Kitchen worksurfaces
- Appliance fronts
- Dining table
- Handles on the fridge/freezer, cupboards and doors
- Chopping boards
- Coffee machine
- Light switches
- Remote controllers
- The sink
- Bar stools and dining chairs
Disinfect the area after cleaning following the directions on how to use them in order for them to work. You need to leave the surface wet for at least 30 seconds before rinsing or wiping clean. Allowing this gives enough time to kill the viruses.
Bleach is great on surfaces that can tolerate it, just make sure the room has adequate ventilation. Countertops such as engineered quartz can tolerate the diluted bleach solutions, but laminate or older worktops that have a sealant may be damaged. Remember to always check the expiry date on the bleach to make sure it’s current.
Research from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, says that diluted bleach, hydrogen peroxide or 70% isopropyl alcohol can effectively kill coronavirus. You can also make your own solution by mixing 3tsps of bleach per quarter of water. Make sure to leave it on for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute until drying it off.
Kitchen sponges are known to be teeming with germs themselves, so place them in the dishwasher, washing machine or give them a good scrub with hot soapy water yourself. Microfibre cloths are another great cleaning material to use – easily laundered and very quickly.
Wear gloves when you can, but make sure you wash your hands thoroughly if you don’t.
Cleaning products such as wipes and solutions are equally effective, but we have seen in the news recently that many Brits are stockpiling on these essentials.
Read the label on the back of all products, as the instructions vary on all disinfectants and wipes. Some instructions say how long you have to leave the cleaning solution on the surface before wiping it away.
Run your dishwasher on the sanitizer setting if there is one. The internal temperature will reach 155 degrees Fahrenheit which is tough for a virus to survive.
- Consider disinfecting nonporous containers, as there’s always a chance it could have been handled by someone with the virus – use disinfectant wipes or solution to clean cans, bottles and jars.
- Transfer foods to clean containers, items such as whole grains, dried beans, pasta and cereal.
- Leave containers and packages in a designated corner if you don’t have time to disinfect them.
- Produce rinse as usual. According to the European Food Safety Authority – there are no known instances of produce or food itself transferring the virus. Respiratory viruses do not tend to reproduce via the digestive system.
- Wash you hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds as previously mentioned and dry your clean hands on a clean towel.
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