Is your kitchen as clean as you think?
Actually, it is a ‘danger zone’ filled with bacteria and germs that survive regular washing and cleaning processes and easily transfer to your kitchen sponge, cutting and chopping surfaces and even your food. In fact, most harmful germs in your home multiply around the kitchen sink, which contains 100,000 times more germs than your toilet. So how do you ensure that your kitchen stays hygienic and your family remains healthy? Try this fun game to find out more about the ground rules of kitchen hygiene!
How dirty is your kitchen?
Are you and your family at risk because of poor kitchen hygiene? Find the alarming truth about your kitchen sponge which offers an ideal space for millions of bacteria to grow and why high temperatures of up to 70º offer the most effective solution for cleaning dishes.
The bathroom may have the reputation of being the dirtiest room in the house, but the kitchen is actually the ‘danger zone’ ﬁlled with germs and bacteria. In fact, your kitchen sink contains 100,000 more germs than your toilet! Take the following five steps to ensure that your kitchen and your family remain hygienic and healthy.
Cross-contamination is the transfer of harmful bacteria from a source to food products, which can cause food poisoning and other diseases. Your hands are one of the greatest causes of cross-contamination in the home, and it is important to always wash them in warm, soapy water before and after handling food.Remove all rings, bracelets and other jewelry as these trap bacteria; then scrub your hands, wrists, between ﬁngers and under your ﬁngernails with warm, soapy water. You can also choose to use an anti-bacteria soap for extra protection.THE SIX-STEP PROCESS TO WASHING YOUR HANDS1. Wet hands and apply soap. Rub palms together until soap is bubbly2. Rub each palm over the back of the other hand3. Rub between your ﬁngers on each hand4. Rub backs of ﬁngers (Interlocked)5. Rub around each of your thumbs6. Rub both palms with ﬁnger tips then rinse and dry your hands
Kitchen sponges are the number one source of germs in your whole house. A sponge’s damp and porous nature offers a cosy home for nasty and harmful bacteria – one bacterium can multiply to more than four million in just eight hours in these conditions.72% of the sponges tested from Singaporean kitchens as part of the Reckitt Benckiser/Bosch Kitchen Hygiene Study contained traces of Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning.Keeping your dish sponge dry and sterilizing it frequently are critical steps in keeping your family safei) Rinse your sponge, wring out all the excess water and leave it to dry after every use. This reduces the growth of bacteria, which thrive and multiply in damp conditions and can spread to your dishes.ii) Regularly sterilize your dish sponge by one of several methods:• Boil it in hot water, placing it in a bleach solution for 5 to 10 minutes.• Microwave a wet sponge for 2 minutes on high and allow it to dry completely before using again.• Place the sponge in a dishwasher, which uses water at temperatures up to 70°C. in standard cycle - a method proven more effective in killing germs and bacteria.iii) Replace your dish sponge regularly.
If the dish sponge is the largest breeding ground for germs in the home, your kitchen towel may rank a close second – 89% of kitchen cloths were found to have unsatisfactory or worse levels of bacteria, and 41% were contaminated with E. coli.88% of Singaporean homes surveyed were found to contain Salmonella and Escherichia coli (E. coli). In fact, while most consumers surveyed reported positive attitudes about reducing the risk of foodborne diseases in their homes, an overwhelming majority did not implement food safety practices.A probable cause of this bacteria growth is drying dishes with a contaminated kitchen towel.If you don’t have a dishwasher, which eliminates the need for a kitchen towel by incorporating a heating cycle to dry the dishes, follow these simple steps to keep your dishes clean and your family safe.• Use different kitchen towels – one for surfaces, and one for dishes – to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Make sure they are properly differentiated, so you don’t confuse them.• Change reusable kitchen towels frequently and soak them in hot water and disinfectant to clean them.
It is important to take necessary precautions with your cutting board and ensure that you wash it thoroughly after every use.• Bacteria can reside in the crevices of chopping boards – so avoid boards made of soft, porous material and use smooth, hard chopping boards made of hard maple or plastic and free of cracks and crevices instead.• It is best to use separate chopping boards: one for raw food and one for fruits, vegetables or cooked food. This prevents bacteria in raw meats from transferring to cooked food.Use a quality antibacterial product that is safe to use on food areas to remove harmful bacteria and viruses on your chopping boards. Plastic chopping boards can also be placed in a dishwasher which has a heating period during the cleaning phase and a dry heat cycle after, sufficient to kill bacteria.
None of the participants in the Reckitt-Benckiser/ Bosch Kitchen Hygiene Study used a dishwasher, which is more effective at eliminating germs than washing dishes by hand.Dishwashers offer the following beneﬁts:• Kill germs on dishes to provide maximum protection – by utilizing high water pressure and water temperatures up to 70°C, coupled with the powerful chemicals of dishwashing tablets, to remove up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs (proven by studies).• Reduce the risk of cross-contamination because they eliminate the need for dish sponges and kitchen towels.Bosch ActiveWater Eco²• Features an extended heating period for more effective germ protection, especially beneﬁcial for cleaning containers and utensils such as baby bottles or kitchen cutting boards.• Consumes only 6.5 litres of water and approximately 0.73 kWh energy per wash and is the world’s most economical dishwasher.Finish has been a pioneer of automatic dishwashing products since 1957, and is the leading dishwashing brand in the world – providing the best cleaning and drying results.Finish boasts a wide array of products formulated speciﬁcally for optimal performance in various environments:• Finish Power PowderThis dishwashing powder has a special formula to break down and lift even the most stubborn dried-on food residues, and effectively removes difﬁcult stains as well.• Finish Double Action TabletsThese double-action dishwashing tablets contain powerful enzymes that break down tough stuck-on food and detergent to wash away all residues, leaving a brilliant shine on dishes.• Finish Rinse AidsThe rinse aid has been specially formulated to ensure your crockery, cutlery and glassware are rinsed and dried thoroughly, leaving them spotless with a brilliant shine.