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Kitchen cleaning tips

Here are some simple tips to help you keep your kitchen clean

  • Wash your hands before and after handling food to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Make sure chopping boards and food preparation surfaces are hygienically clean before use and clean them immediately afterwards. Use a product that kills germs and rinse thoroughly under the tap.
  • Clean and dry your dish cloth or sponge regularly between uses. Soak in bleach overnight or put them through the dishwasher, or use a specialist dishwashing liquid.
  • Clean your fridge on a weekly basis and remember to store cooked foods in containers away from raw foods.
  • Leave the washing machine dispenser drawer open to dry when not in use.
  • If you don’t have pets or young children that might crawl inside, leave the machine door open to dry too.
  • Regularly clean the rubber seal around the washing machine, dishwasher and fridge doors to prevent any build up of black mildew.
  • Remove clean damp laundry from the washing machine as soon as possible so that it doesn’t crease and to prevent the potential for unpleasant smells from developing.
  • To keep your washing machine clean, run a high temperature wash (without adding clothes) using a scoop of bleach-containing laundry powder or a laundry tablet to keep the machine hygienically clean.

Myth Busters

Did you know the facts behind this common myth?

Myth: Traditional or ‘natural’ products are a good alternative to cleaning with chemicals

Fact: Even vinegar is just a collection of chemical substances diluted in water. It is these chemical components, like the acetic acid in vinegar, the sodium bicarbonate in baking soda and the citric acid in lemons that make them work. Modern cleaning products often combine the same things with other ingredients to make them work better.

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