Cleaning up the house is a huge task. From sweeping the whole place to disinfecting it, it easily takes up a few hours if done correctly.
We take the necessary measures to properly clean and disinfect our house every day, but do we do the same for our vessels in the kitchen? We’ll always wash them with water and a bar of dishwashing soap or gel, but disinfecting them hasn’t been a habit for a long time.
Bacteria tend to stay on cooking utensils, transferred onto them by under-cooked food or food or food items kept in it for a long time. While some bacteria are good which we consume as probiotics, many others are harmful and can cause health issues.
Copper utensils have strong antibacterial properties, but the steel, aluminium vessels hold bacteria for a long time. Let’s go through a few simple steps on how to disinfect pots and pans, to keep our family extra safe during this world pandemic.
How to Disinfect Pots and Pans
- Before washing any vessels, try to separate each piece like separating the handles of the pans, to sanitize them properly.
- Bacteria can only be killed when exposed to a temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. You can achieve this result by heating the vessels or a cleaning solution with hot water. But you should not be in direct contact with such a high temperature, even if you’re wearing gloves.
- Boil some water in a huge vessel and keep all the small pots and other utensils in it for 10-15 minutes. This will ensure that all of the germs are killed and the utensils are properly sanitized. For larger vessels, first, scrub and wash them properly with dish soap or gel. Boil some of the water and pour it over these clean vessels, so the germs are killed with the water.
- If you have a dishwasher, check if you have a temperature setting of 140-145 degree Fahrenheit on it. If you do, choose a long wash cycle and steam drying cycle to sanitize the vessels easily.
- Once the vessels are washed, keel them for air-drying or use a clean towel to dry them up.
Cleaning and sanitizing the kitchen is just as important as washing the utensils. Before keeping the utensils, make sure to clean and scrub the kitchen counters with a disinfectant regularly.
Avoiding the wastebasket in the kitchen, or at least near the food vessels is also important, as certain germs are airborne. These can infect the food and cause sicknesses, such as food poisoning. The steps on how to disinfect pots and pans are relatively simple, but following them once or twice a week is essential to regulate a clean, germ-free kitchen.
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Avoid keeping dirty food containers out in the open for a long time, as these can also be from breeding grounds for bacteria and other germs. The most important rule of all is to make sure to wash and sanitize your hands before and after touching food vessels.