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How to clean and disinfect the most germ-ridden parts of your kitchen

Cleaning the home is something many people have turned to during the UK coronavirus lockdown. Keeping the home clean and hygiene is one of the most important things to do to keep the home germ and bacteria free. However research suggests that people are not cleaning their homes properly and many places are being forgotten about.

Kitchens are one of the most used places in the house, with food being prepared in there daily, and many people walking in and out at various times.

Susan Fermor, Dr Beckmann spokesperson said: “As many of us are now working from home, our houses are playing a dual role as an office and home so many areas will need extra cleaning and attention to combat excess dirt and bacteria that may be building up. Some household jobs may have been overlooked so now is the time to tackle them.”

From surfaces, to kitchen cupboards, to bins, keeping them clean and hygienic is just one way to help stop the spread of bacteria.

Kitchen bin

One of the most overlooked places is the kitchen bin.

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Even though the bin stores food waste and rubbish, it still needs to be cleaned and can be a breeding ground for germs if not.

To clean the bin wipe over the lid a couple of times a week, using a disinfectant wipe or spray.

Investing in a foot-operated bin or even a sensor bin will remove the need to touch the bin, keeping it hygienic and germ free.

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The Simplehuman Brushed Steel Butterfly Pedal bin came out as one of the most hygienic because of its foot pedal.

Recently EKO bought out a recycling sensor bin which opens without having to touch it at all.

This means you can keep the food waste and recycling as clean and hygienic as possible.

Kitchen cupboards

The outside of kitchen cupboards can hold as much bacteria as the kitchen worktop.

Cleaning the fridge

Cleaning your fridge is important to prevent the spread of bacteria and to keep safe as bacteria in the fridge can thrive for a long time.

What can often be seen as a lot of effort, it is one of the most important places in the kitchen to keep clean.

It is recommended to empty the fridge completely and wipe down the shelves and drawers with warm water and washing up liquid. You can also use baking soda to remove stubborn stains.

Kitchen surfaces

Sarah said: “Surfaces in the home are high traffic areas and whether it be in the kitchen or the bathroom they need to be cleaned with anti-bacterial spray to ensure they remain germ free and ready to use.”

In order to clean a kitchen surface properly, dirt needs to be removed from the surfaces before cleaning.

Therefore removing any crumbs and food left on the surfaces before cleaning will ensure the surfaces will stay germ and hygienic.

If spraying a disinfectant directly onto the surface without removing crumbs first, the disinfectant will push the food bacteria around the surface rather than actually cleaning it.

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