A Healthy Kitchen, A Healthy Family
No one told you when you became a parent exactly how much catering would be involved. Sometimes it feels like your children are hungry all the time. It’s not just breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s all the other snacks in between. Being a parent involves a lot of cooking, so it’s important that you keep your kitchen nice and clean. Antimicrobial countertops are a natural and safe way of warding off harmful bacteria that can make you and your children ill.
All natural counter tops
If you are concerned about food safety then natural silicone quartz countertops have antimicrobial properties which help to prevent the spread of bacteria. With cases of Norovirus at a five year high, they are a good investment to help keep your kitchen clean and hygienic. Copper is another great antimicrobial material for counter tops that kills bacteria, it is also very stylish. Copper is being used more and more in restaurants.
Children’s immune systems
Children can be really prone to food poisoning because their immune systems are not fully developed yet. We need to be careful and try and eliminate as much bacteria as possible in the food preparation area. It is a scary fact that the chopping boards in your kitchen can carry 200% more bacteria than the average toilet seat. And then there’s the kitchen sink that can host 100,000 more germs than the loo. Not pleasant. Keeping babies and children safe is the most important job in the world, and keeping the kitchen clean can stop bacteria from rapidly multiplying.
Food poisoning is preventable. Keeping a nice healthy kitchen will really help your family and prevent your little ones from getting any unwanted illnesses.
Cleaning your work surfaces
When you are cleaning your kitchen work surface, always make sure that you use a clean sponge. Dirty sponges can trap in germs like salmonella and e-coli. Wipe down the surfaces every time you prepare a meal and use a good antibacterial kitchen cleaner to make sure that the countertops are germ-free. It is worth investing in countertops that have antimicrobial agents in them. It will help to cut down the possibility of developing norovirus.
Good kitchen habits
Try and get into good kitchen habits by keeping a separate chopping board for each of the following; fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and fish. That way you can avoid cross-contamination of bacteria. Always wash your hands thoroughly before preparing any food with an antibacterial soap. When you are cleaning the kitchen, make sure that you include the door handles of the cupboards, they are so easily forgotten.
Storing food in your fridge
Try and store raw meat in the bottom of your fridge, so that if it leaks, it doesn’t contaminate the rest of the contents of your fridge. If you are storing cooked food, make sure that food is properly cooled before you put it in the fridge. The cooling process is essential to help prevent food poisoning.
Jane Sandwood – Freelance Writer