Rules of Sanitation for Kitchen Safety

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Kitchens can be dangerous places. There are a lot of sharp instruments, such as knives. There are contaminants and bacteria that can be anywhere in the kitchen. Often the traffic in the kitchen is heavy and things can get slipperier if someone spills something on the floor and fails to clean it up. Keeping a sanitary kitchen is not just about a clean house and avoiding food poisoning, it is about personal safety as well.

A close up of a couple cooking in a kitchen.
A close up of a couple cooking in a kitchen.

Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene is essential to the safety and sanitation of the kitchen. If you are dirty, your kitchen will be dirty and the food could be contaminated. Keep your hair up to prevent any stray hairs getting into the food. Wear clothes that fit you well and keep your sleeves rolled up. This is to prevent snagging on anything and potentially pulling something over or dropping something on yourself. Be sure to wash your hands in warm water and soap frequently to prevent cross-contamination of bacteria.

A woman washes her hands wtih soap and water.
A woman washes her hands wtih soap and water.

Clean Up All Spills

Spills can be very dangerous. A spill on the floor can cause people to slip and get hurt. A spill on a counter can make utensils and bowls slippery which can cause injury if the object is dropped or comes into contact with the body. This is especially true for heavy bowls and knives.

A close up of a woman mopping a tile floor.
A close up of a woman mopping a tile floor.

Wipe Down Everything

Take a page out of the fast food industry's sanitation regulations and wipe down all hard surfaces after using them. Use hot water to which a little bit of bleach has been added. This will remove dirt from the surfaces and will disinfect those surfaces at the same time. Keeping a clean kitchen is essential to the health of all those eating from that kitchen.

A close up of a man wiping down a counter.
A close up of a man wiping down a counter.

Sanitary Storage

Storing the food at the proper temperatures and in proper containers is essential to preventing food poisoning. Store all cold items in the refrigerator immediately after meals or purchase. Store all dry items in cabinets in air-tight plastic containers. Freeze all meats that are not going to be used in a couple of days. Do not allow hot food to cool or cold food to warm before serving.

Dry pantry items in jars with sealed lids.
Dry pantry items in jars with sealed lids.

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