5 serious Health Impacts of Kitchen Habits in our households

According to a report in 2015, that was conducted by  Leatherhead Food Research and reported by Independent.co.uk the British Kitchen are so filthy that they present a substantial health risk. Our kitchen habits and negligence is often the reason for food poisoning in our households. It is high time we identified those unhealthy habits and address them to stay healthy and avoid unwanted health hazards in our family.

HERE ARE SOME COMMON HABITS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED

  1. Forgetting to wash hands before cooking or cutting vegetables
  2. Washing meat and dripping meat juice around the kitchen.
  3. Forgetting to clean kitchen corners, cupboards and drawers.
  4. Failing to maintain your countertops as per manufacturer guidelines
  5. Poor handling of kitchen towels and wiping cloth

FORGETTING TO WASH HANDS BEFORE COOKING OR CUTTING VEGETABLES

The report elaborates that 75% or 3 out of every four British people cooking in the kitchen forgets to wash hands properly before cooking or doing kitchen chores like cutting vegetables, opening packaged meat or serving food. It’s also a fact that it is not ignorance that is the reason behind this problem, rather negligence. So make sure you wash your hands before you start cooking.

WASHING MEAT AND DRIPPING MEAT JUICE AROUND THE KITCHEN

A bad practice among most of the household chefs is handling and washing raw meat. You may have seen your mothers and grandmothers doing it in your childhood but current sanitation practices prohibit holding or washing meat under the kitchen tap. There are higher chances of food infection as bacteria spread very fast in meat juices, and transfer from hand to kitchen surfaces or towels and proliferates with time.

FORGETTING TO CLEAN KITCHEN CORNERS, CUPBOARDS AND DRAWERS

This is another neglected area in kitchen hygiene. Most households do not clean kitchen cupboards, corners, drawers and shelves even once every month. Old classic kitchens may be difficult to clean, but the modular kitchens are rather easier to clean and should be cleaned every week. With the growing popularity of German Kitchens manufacturers in the UK this task is getting easier. Else it always seems a herculean task to clean up kitchens units. You may also take the help of cleaning companies once a month for a more hygienic and healthy kitchen.

FAILING TO MAINTAIN YOUR COUNTERTOPS AS PER MANUFACTURER GUIDELINES

Old, porous, and scratched countertops may become areas where food particles, oils, and water may accumulate leading to the growth of bacteria. We need to follow the countertop manufacture guidelines and perform yearly or half yearly maintenance to keep them in good conditions and for a germ-free kitchen. Sometimes people tend to fix countertops themselves and end up scratching the surfaces more or make cracks on them which become homes for germs. So one needs to follow manufacturers guidelines for maintenance very seriously.

POOR HANDLING OF KITCHEN TOWELS AND WIPING CLOTH

We have a bad habit of touching meat or sauces and then wiping our hands on the kitchen towel.  We keep infecting and then feeding the bacteria in it. Sometimes just minutes after you wipe your hands on the tea towel after you washed chicken you proceed to clean plates. Then you wipe those plates with the same tea towel. You just spread the dangerous bacteria to plates which will serve food thereby taking the infection to your entire family.

Sometimes we visit households where we have to say it that its time you threw the kitchen towel altogether and get a new one. The situation is that bad in our kitchens today.

 

 

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