January 20th, 2014 5:26 am

How To Keep Kitchen Utensils Clean And Stain Free

Among the many things we display, use and keep in our household, kitchen utensils come at the top priority when it comes to proper cleaning and safekeeping. Other than the longevity and quality factor, the most important reason why it is a must to keep kitchen utensils always clean is to keep the whole family safe from known pathogens and health hazards that might be acquired when proper sanitation and safekeeping of kitchen utensils is not observed.

As we know, our home could never be one hundred percent safe from house pests such as rats, flies, cockroaches, and the likes. These known voracious menaces are carriers of pathogens that can prove fatal to humans. Dysentery, salmonella, leprosy and leptospirosis are just some of the many diseases that we could get out from the infestation of these pests in our home, specifically our kitchen utensils.

Aside from that, even if we say that our home is totally pest-free, there are still other factors that could pose serious harm to the family’s health and wellness. If kitchen utensils are left unwashed for a long period of time or are cleaned but not thoroughly, bacteria and microorganisms could grow and multiply rapidly which in turn could cause food poisoning and intoxication the next time these kitchenwares are used.

In the context of mitigating or at best eliminating the threat of harboring these diseases, there are several ways and cleaning methods that homeowners can adopt or follow.  There are two points in kitchen works that must be considered when doing the cleaning and safekeeping activity: first is during the cooking preparation and the second one happens after dining.

Before jumping directly to the cooking activity, it is important that you take good precaution in using your utensils. If possible, wash them again with dishwashing liquid or paste and rinse them thoroughly. Although they may appear already clean and available to use, we only see the superficial and not the microorganisms that may happen to grow in these utensils. Pans, ladles, graters, knives, and many others must be cleaned again. If washing the utensils with soap could prove to be inconvenient, you can have them sterilized by soaking them in hot water for about 3-5 minutes. These will kill most of the bacteria and similar organisms that may stick in your utensils.

After the dining session, it is now the time to wash your utensils and keep them safe for future use. However easy this task may seem, it is much serious than you might expect. Cleaning these utensils should follow three steps. First, you have to soak them in the water and let food residues get removed. Second, you have to lather them entirely with a sponge and dishwashing liquid or paste. Lastly, you have to rinse them thoroughly and make sure that there is no smell of food or trace of soap left in the utensils. Let them dry before proceeding to the safekeeping part.

After letting them dry, wipe the utensils with a piece of clean cloth and if possible, wrap them with foil or put them in a dry container to avoid dust from sticking into the utensils. As much as possible, keep them in closed compartments away from the presence of pests such as cabinets or dividers.

2014-01-15 How To Keep Kitchen Utensils Clean And Stain Free


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