The kitchen is the heart of every home, and like any other parts of your home, it’s important to keep it squeaky clean. These common kitchen items may be spreading disease-causing germs or adding more stress, so it’s best to ditch them or tuck them somewhere appropriate instead.
- Reusable Grocery Bags
Well, you don’t have to dump every single reusable tote, but keeping them for too long can harbour bacteria, which can transfer to food. If you choose to keep them, wipe them with disinfecting wipes or throw them in the laundry before using the bags again.
- Clear Cookie Jars
The sad truth is, if you can see the treats in a container, you’re more likely to eat them. If your jar contains unhealthy goodies, opt for an opaque jar to avoid binging on one too many of them—out of sight, out of mind.
- Dirty Sponges
This always-wet kitchen item is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. When using sponges, make sure to clean and disinfect them weekly and toss them five to seven weeks. A five-minute soak in a bleach solution is your best way to disinfect them, but throw them away when they start to look shabby.
- Old Spices
We might think that powdered spices have longer shelf life, but just like any other processed food, they also have their expiry dates. If that bottle of cinnamon powder has been sitting in the shelf for four years now, it’s time to toss it away and reward yourself a fresh new flavour.
- Pet’s Food Station
If you have a four-legged friend at home, you can feed them just outside the house or somewhere away from the kitchen. If food always sits in the bowl until your pet is ready to eat them, it can attract mice, ants, and roaches.
- Your Phone
It doesn’t take a germaphobe to know that mobile phones are thriving with germs. However, if you can’t be separated from your phone while cooking—say, because you’re expecting a call or whipping up a recipe you found online—wipe it down with alcohol wipes before bringing it with you in the kitchen.
Cleanliness and orderliness should be the top priority when it comes to organizing stuffs in your kitchen. Since this is where your family’s nutrition is flourished, it’s important to keep this area of the house as clean and organize as possible.