Learn how germs spread around the kitchen and how to help protect your family with simple cleaning and disinfecting tips.
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You can use antibacterial surface cleaning wipes to clean and disinfect kitchen surfaces, or a clean cloth and an antibacterial surface cleanser.
To help stop germs spreading, it’s important to regularly clean and disinfect the surfaces in your home that your family often touch with their hands, such as the fridge door handle, cupboard handles, taps and doorknobs.
You also need to clean and disinfect food preparation surfaces just before using them to prepare food and immediately after contact with any raw food (e.g. poultry, meat, fish, eggs). After touching raw food, you should also clean and disinfect any surfaces that you have touched (e.g. fridge door handle, taps). Use a kitchen disinfecting product, such as Dettol Surface Cleanser Trigger or Dettol Surface Cleaning Wipes*.
Clean your refrigerator regularly too. Wipe up any spills promptly, then clean and disinfect any contaminated surfaces. You can use Dettol Surface Cleanser Trigger or Dettol Surface Cleaning Wipes to clean and disinfect your fridge. Remember to clean and disinfect the fridge handle and door seals regularly. Check the manufacturer’s manual for advice on cleaning.
Sinks need cleaning regularly using products that can remove soap scum and scale. If the sink is contaminated (e.g. with germs from raw food) you need to clean and disinfect promptly. Since you cannot clean drains very easily, you may need to apply a suitable disinfectant regularly to reduce germs and odours.
Empty, clean and disinfect your kitchen bin regularly. Use a bin with a lid. Keeping your rubbish covered will help limit the possibility of an insect or rodent infestation.
Remove food debris from tables and high chairs, and then disinfect them before meals.
If possible, replace kitchen carpets with hard surface flooring, such as tiles, linoleum, or laminate. These are more hygienic because they are easier to clean and do not collect debris in the same way that carpets can. Use an all purpose disinfectant cleaner to help clean and disinfect hard flooring. If your floors are wood, use a product that is safe on wood surfaces.
* Use biocides safely. Always read the label and follow the instructions carefully.