These 10 kitchen habits might seem harmless at first but they can really leave you sick. Find out what they are and how to stop doing them.
1. Letting your pets in the kitchen
We love our pets but letting them into your kitchen is a potential health hazard. Pets carry a lot of bacteria and germs, especially after they’ve been out on a walk.
2. Leaving dishrags lying around countertops
Most of us are guilty of this. After each use, put the dish rag back to the same place so it doesn’t contaminate counter tops and utensils.
3. Not letting sponges dry properly
If you leave sponges at the bottom of the sink, you’re allowing them to soak in a puddle of their own germs. Get a plastic holder that lets you hang them on the side of the sink instead.
4. Rinsing meat in the sink
Whenever you wash meat in the sink, water droplets splash about and if you’re not careful, these water droplets could end up on your plate or utensils, contaminating them. The same goes with prepping meat on counters without sanistising it first.
5. Not rinsing plates and utensils before usage
Even if your plate looks clean, chances are, there could be spots you’ve missed while washing them. Remember to rinse dishes and wipe them with a clean microfibre cloth before using.
6. Not washing your hands properly
Right after handling meat or raw food, always remember to wash your hands properly with soap. Cross contamination can cause food poisoning and you wouldn’t want that to happen to you or your family.
7. Not cleaning your cutting board properly
Each time you use your cutting board, make sure to clean it properly as bactoria and food particles can get inot the crevices of the board.
8. Using the same sponge for too long
This allows bacteria to build up and easily transfer itself across your plates, pots, and utensils.
9. Putting an entire pot into the fridge
Your fridge has a whole host of bacteria and leaving an entire hot pot of food inside could risk cross contamination of your food.
10. Not cleaning the sink
It might seem silly to clean your sink (after all, isn’t your sink where things go to get clean?) but food debris and other things could still be lingering in your sink and contaminate your food.
By Singapore Women’s Weekly, 12 April 2016