In a common language 'hygiene' is a combination of practices that we incur in our daily activities so as to prevent any kind of health hazards or diseases. No doubt our surroundings reflect how clean we are. And since kitchen is where most of the daily household chores begin and end, it ought to be the cleanliest part of a house.
It is not only cleaning of the kitchen that matters, but most important is, how one executes this practice of keeping hygiene in the kitchen. An unclean kitchen might sound something not so relevant but worst of the health problems are bound to arise here itself. For example, food poisoning, which can happen as a result of consuming stale food or food without proper reheating or not keeping the food for proper refrigeration when required. Other health risk, with reference to some past evidences is scrapes, which is in some ways similar to the mad cow disease.
1. Considering these implications, let us ponder upon some easy and cheap ways to maintain the kitchen hygiene. Today the most frequently used kitchen asset is oven, or rather microwave oven. This has made our lives easy in many ways. But everything comes as a package of boon and curse at the same time. It is extremely important to make sure that the oven is cleaned on a regular basis after use. If not every time, then it can be cleaned on weekly basis using three teaspoon full of baking soda well dissolved in water and sprayed in the oven using a spray bottle at least thrice followed by cleaning it with a damp cloth.
2. Second weak part of the kitchen is the waste department. However, separate we keep the disposals; they still are a treat for the insects like cockroaches. The waste should be disposed off twice a day and the bins should be cleaned using medically prescribed chemicals like phenyl, dettol etc. As for the grease that builds up at the corners or the exhausts, one can use one-fourth cup of ammonia mixed in two cups of water and keeping the affected area wet for fifteen minutes. Also, using a pint of ice on the greasy part is effective too. This will help in keeping up hygiene in the sanitation department of kitchen.
3. Thirdly, sometimes during cooking, utensils get burnt badly and it becomes difficult to clean them. Discarding these is definitely not the solution; rather, these utensils can be filled with water and boiled properly. As the water cools down, the utensil can be cleaned easily using the daily detergent.
4. The fourth most important aspect of kitchen hygiene is cleanliness in the drains. The use of regular chemicals can be beneficial in this. Also bleaching powder can be used to clean the sinks every two weeks. The waste should never be put in the drains as it can result in clogging and further in inviting the germs and harmful bacteria.
These are some of the easily available and conveniently accessible ways to keep sterility in the kitchen. It is after all that corner of the house from where we get our deliciously cooked meals. And it is we who have to decide how disinfected and clean we can keep it.