We’ve all been thrown for a loop by the recent coronavirus pandemic, and we're all found rubbing sanitizer & disinfectants into our hands and belongings all day long. What also needs your attention, however, is your kitchen. In this article, we will:
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Studies suggest that the Corona Virus has the lowest lifespan on Copper. In fact, according to studies, copper appears to actually fight and degrade viruses. Hence, it is a great idea to cover the door knobs and all handles with copper foil/tape.
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Here is a step by step guide on what sections of your kitchen require cleaning & disinfection.
Do a full load, or two, of the dishes and utensils. You never know what spoon was left sitting out, or the pan that you hang somewhere was subjected to the virus. This is a one-time thing that is going to take some time but is essential when you need to make sure that the kitchen is completely virus-free. Anything that can be washed in the dishwasher, pop it in there. Remaining things, you wash by hand with hot, soapy water.
Once you’re done with the dishes, give the sink a thorough scrubbing and treat it to a disinfectant as well. You can use a store-bought disinfectant, or you can just plug the sink, fill it with a gallon of water and slosh in some bleach. Let it sit for about five minutes and then drain.
These things are chiefly bacteria-prone and can develop a colony of millions within a couple of days owing to how moist they generally are, but if you’re doing a thorough clean-up to get rid of viruses you might as well tackle them too. Wash out all your dish towels with hot water, wash the sponges and then microwave for 2 minutes for complete sanitisation, and wash all your cutting boards with hot, soapy water and a little elbow-grease to get the microbes out from their grooves and crevices. Pay special attention to the cutting boards because, as the people at WebMD say, cutting boards have up to 200% more microbes than the average toilet seat!
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These things get touched a lot, so they require a complete cleaning and disinfection. Wipe down the faucet and its knobs, remove and wash the stove-knobs if possible, and wipe all the handles you can find in the kitchen. Then disinfect them with a store-bought disinfectant or a mixture of water and bleach.
Extremely important, since a lot of stuff happens on these in the kitchen. Wipe them well to remove any dirt or grime, and then disinfect thoroughly. Again, this can be effectively done with bleach and water. Mix a tablespoon of bleach in a quart of water and wipe the countertops with the solution. Let it air-dry.
Also, do a patch test to see if the solution isn’t making the color fade, and then proceed. If you have granite countertops, you’ll be better off without the bleach. Here is how you can completely clean and disinfect your granite countertops.
The surfaces of the appliances also have the potential to house the coronavirus, so make sure to clean and disinfect them accordingly. While you’re at it, you might as well clean out the bottom shelf of the refrigerator as this area tends to accumulate a lot of whatever you put in the appliance, e.g. liquid from when you defrost meat.
This has the ability to nourish a lot of microbes, and when this gets mixed with the raw produce (that is commonly stored in the bottom shelf) the chances of getting salmonella greatly increase. This is a potentially dangerous microbe that infects the intestines and can cause diarrhea so extreme that you might end up needing medical attention. In some cases it even leads to typhoid.
Clean the cabinets thoroughly, and wipe down any dirt or grime that might be present on the surface. Then, disinfect them with the bleach+water solution as well. As with countertops and appliances, remember to do a patch test.
Give the floor a thorough washing/mopping and then disinfect. Keep in mind that this is a one-time cleaning that needs to be done because you don’t know what has been in your kitchen. You don’t have to repeat this over and over.
As it has always been said, prevention is better than cure.
Even though the stats say many people will make it through this pandemic unscathed it’s still better to make sure you don’t catch the virus.
When it comes to your kitchen, some precautions that you can take are:
If you follow all the above-mentioned cleaning steps religiously, you will most certainly get rid of the coronavirus that has become the bane of our existence. Not only that, you’ll also end up removing all sorts of microbes that no one wants to have around. Happy cleaning!