Just when you thought your kitchen was clean, but is it really as clean as you thought? Bacteria and germs could be hiding in places that you didn’t think to look. I have a few tips for a clean kitchen that will help you maintain your kitchen cleanliness.
This a one of the top places that germs like to hide. Most of us are in a hurry much of the time, so we just remove the blender from its base and throw it in the dishwasher in one piece. Why not, right? Wrong! Most of the germs and bacteria are hidden in the blades and gasket. Make sure you take the blades and gasket apart and either wash by hand or place in the dishwasher along with the blender itself and the top cover. Wipe down the base of the blender with a damp cloth. Once all parts are clean and dry, you can put it all back together and store it fully assembled so it is ready for use for next time.
Whether you have a hand-held can opener or the under-cabinet mounted can opener, they both need regular cleaning. If you have the hand-held can opener, it can be easily cleaned by putting it in the dishwasher or in a sink of soapy water if you are washing by hand. I personally have mine mounted under the cabinet and this, I have to admit, gets forgotten very easily. I try to make it a habit to wipe it down as I am wiping my counter tops down, although I do not always remember this.
This is an item that never crossed my mind as containing germs, but it makes sense because of the small, dark spaces and open when the knives are not in place. To clean, tip the empty block upside down over your trash to remove the loose particles. Next, using soapy water and a bottle brush, wash the inside as best as you can without keeping the block submerged in water. Lastly, replace the knives back into the block once it is completely dry. I am now seriously considering tossing the block altogether.
There are several kitchen utensils that actually come apart into two pieces, the handle and the working part of the utensil. Rubber spatula’s are a good example of this. The rubber part at the top detaches from the handle. Make sure you take it apart prior to cleaning, whether in the dishwasher or by hand. Germs love to hide in these tiny crevices that we are not aware are even there.
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you have on this topic. I am always open to new ideas.