As everyone spends more time at home while practicing social distancing, home kitchens across the country are busier than ever. In many households, the kitchen is the activity centre and hub of the home - and also the room that requires the most cleaning.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, maintaining personal hygiene in the kitchen is one of the best ways to protect your family from germs and reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
While plenty of natural cleaning products can help you achieve this goal, pairing these with good kitchen hygiene practices can help you ensure your food preparation surfaces are squeaky clean. To give you the full lowdown on good hygiene practices in the kitchen, we've teamed up with the experts at Supercharged Food. Read on to discover their top kitchen hygiene tips for protecting your family during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Cook your meat well
While there's no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through food, you should take extra care when cooking during this time - particularly if you're cooking meat. All raw meat can contain microorganisms and bacteria that may cause food poisoning and health issues if not eliminated during the cooking process. To avoid this, always make sure to cook meat products - chicken and mince in particular - thoroughly.
Top Tip: Consider purchasing a separate chopping board for meat to prevent cross-contamination.
2. Look after your gut health
If you do have an upset stomach or suspect food poisoning from something that you may have eaten, Love Your Gut powder or capsules can help relieve your symptoms. This gentle antibacterial powder will cleanse your gut and remove any bad bacteria, heavy metals, and potentially toxic substances.
3. Wash your produce thoroughly
Keeping your fruit and vegetable intake up is one of the best ways to boost your immune system naturally during lockdown - just be sure to wash all your produce thoroughly with a fruit and veggie wash. Skipping this step can lead to viruses such as Hepatitis A and Norovirus entering your kitchen on produce like tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries, and potentially infecting cooking utensils and surfaces.
Top Tip: If you're using your knife to cut multiple fruits or vegetables, wash it between each produce type to prevent cross-contamination.
4. Practice good kitchen hygiene
Good kitchen hygiene and safe food handling practices don't have to be complicated. As a minimum, aim to do the following every time you're in the kitchen:
- Use an antibacterial hand sanitiser or wash your hands thoroughly before each meal, before handling any food, and between handling raw and cooked foods.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
- Keep family members who have any cold and flu symptoms out of the kitchen.
- Regularly clean and sanitise workbenches, equipment, and high-touch surfaces such as door handles and light switches.
- Use clean utensils for eating and drinking. If you live with family or in a sharehouse, consider having your own dedicated set for an added layer of safety.
- Regularly empty your food waste, recycling, and compost bins.
- Disinfect your kitchen with your prefered all-natural disinfectant spray.
Good hygiene can protect your family from illness
Cooking and eating together is a wonderful way to strengthen family and housemate relationships and have some fun in the kitchen. To ensure that you're only spreading love and not germs in the kitchen, start following our kitchen hygiene tips in your home now.