If conversations in the street, reports from the news and telephone calls with family and friends has been anything to go by, we know that cleaning and maintaining a healthy kitchen amongst other areas of the home has become a priority for many.
We’re not saying that these are cures for Covid19 (coronavirus), that would be irresponsible.
What we want to do today is provide some helpful tips to make your kitchen, and general living environment safer to ensure that you, your family and anyone that may be staying with you is best protected from the recent outbreak.
These are good rules to follow during regular flu season let alone during an outbreak. Together, we can all beat this.
1. Wash your hands, a lot!
We’ve been told to sing Happy Birthday, twice… some in the office chose Toto’s Africa. Either way, we all got the memo and saw panic buying of soap and hand sanitiser. Firstly, please don’t panic purchase items! Secondly, they’re right to tell us to keep washing.
Data from the Centre of Disease Control shows just how important it is to maintain good hand hygiene.
- Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23-40% 2, 3,
- Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
- Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%
- Reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29-57%
You can check the full report here.
We know that with the latest pandemic, one of the principal ways to transmit has been contact to the face from unwashed hands.
Whether it is soap from a dispenser near the sink or a soap in a dish in each wet-area, be sure to keep your hands constantly washed, and cleaned.
Tip: Buy a hand moisturiser to apply at night. Your hands will get very dry because of the amount of washing.
2. Wipe down your handles, knobs, switches daily and after use
Because hand hygiene is so important, be sure to make other areas which come in contact with your hands as clean and sterile as possible. Things like light switches, appliance switches and dials, door handles, kitchen door handles/knobs as well as fridge & freezer doors all need regular wiping down.
Be sure to use an antibacterial spray, and paper towels (if you can) or a cloth that can be treated at night time with a bit of bleach in the sink.
The better we can control the areas we touch, the better the chance we have of not contracting flus and infections if we were then to touch our faces.
3. Wipe down your countertops & working spaces
Just as above keeping your countertop & working spaces clean and sterilised is a priority.
Think about the high traffic areas in your home and obviously, in your kitchen. Your tops should always be wiped down at the end of the day, but now, it is even more prudent to look at two or possibly three wipe downs. After breakfast, after lunch and after dinner or before switching off for the evening.
Using antibacterial spray coupled with clean cloths and or paper towels will make all the difference in combating bacterial spreading in your living spaces.
The same goes for your work station. For many who face the prospect of working from home, the most important thing is to keep your workstations as clear and clean as possible. Don’t let cups or plates pile up, and wipe down your surfaces with again, antibac spray or wipes.
Your keyboards, monitors and even phones require regular, daily cleaning, especially if someone in the house isn’t well.
4. Sanitise your cleaning equipment
Whether you have a dish brush, cleaning cloths or dusters to do the majority of your cleaning you need to remember to sterilise your cleaning equipment for it to even work.
A sink, hot water, bleach or sterilizer (follow the instructions carefully) will do a lot of the hard work for you. Ensure that you dry them off on a sterilised surface and or clean tea towel before proceeding to use. For your dusters, see the next point.
5. Vacuuming & Letting in the fresh air
Vacuuming removes dust particles, maintains good ground hygiene. You can buy powders and cleaners which are also antibacterial that you simply sprinkle into the carpet and then vacuum after a period of time. This will help with maintaining your ground healthy, hygienic, particularly good if you have children in the home or if you do exercise in your home.
Aerating your home is also essential if you are either in your home for a long period of time or have had a virus in the home. Benefits of aerating your home include refreshing the air within the home allowing cold and flu bugs and viruses less of a chance of remaining in the home as well as providing a better air support system within the household for those who live there.
All you need is 20 minutes of open windows in your home to create the necessary conditions to “change the air”. Ensure that you are creating a clear run through between rooms and that you cover each floor in your home when opening windows to let fresh air in.
6. Clean your mobile devices
Whether it is your cell phone, or tablet devices, just know that these need to be wiped down and cleaned as much as your kitchen on a regular basis.
We’re all going to be more attached to them in the next coming weeks/months so it is essential to keep these devices which we touch or place next to our ears and mouths clean and virus free. There are lots of good blogs on this as well as videos on Youtube.
The general consensus is, eCloths with warm soapy water is the best way to help clean your peripheral devices.
7. Eat properly & Exercise!
Finally, in what is not an exhaustive list – we know the benefits of good diet and exercise.
A healthy kitchen also has to be about what you put into your food sources and your body. From getting in your vitamins and essential nutrition to finding 20 minutes a day to do something, whether it is yoga, pilates, tai chi or HIIT in your home, we know that it boosts the immune system as well as giving our bodies the necessary restbite to recover from illness as well.
Keep hydrated, take vitamins and eat properly.