In a study of hundreds of kitchens, the researchers found MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli and other harmful bacteria lodged on paper towels. This happens because the habit of most people who use a paper towel for a variety of purposes, such as cleaning the sink, wiping the dishes or wiping the stove.
To prevent contamination and spread of germs more widely, should only use one paper towel for one purpose. This is what you should not do in the use of paper towels, as reported by She Knows.
1. Uses Same napkins for Dry Plate & Hand
Most harmful bacteria are lodged in the kitchen comes from your own hands. To prevent the plate clean of germs and bacteria contamination, always provide two paper towels. One for drying hands and another for the plate. Choose two different colors, or hanging in a remote place to differentiate its use.
2. Beware of Residual meat, chicken and fish
Cleaning animal food residues with a kitchen towel can lead to cross-contamination. This means that harmful bacteria contained in the water of the meat can be spread to other foods or hands. Clean water used meat, chicken or fish with a disposable towel or paper towel to immediately put dirty laundry after use.
3. Use a napkin to clean the Kitchen Sink
Studies conducted at University of Arizona found that the sink to wash the dishes is where most germs in the kitchen. Do not use napkins to clean up the kitchen sink, but use a sponge or paper towel. After use, sponges should be washed or enter briefly in the microwave to kill germs.
4. Use Napkins shared kitchen cleaning products
Just like meat, cleaning products leave a residue that can also cause cross contamination. If you use harsh cleaning products formulated on the sink or the kitchen table, then you dry it with kitchen napkins and napkin was also used to dry hands, then you have to contaminate yourself with the product residue.
5. Put a napkin on top of the kitchen table
First, the bacteria thrive in moist places, and Napkin kitchen usually not quickly dry after use. At the same time, everything that ever put on the kitchen table napkins can be attached to the kitchen. Be it water meat, cleaning products or spilled milk. All of it can be moved from napkins to clean your hands or dishes. Let’s not put the napkins on the kitchen table. Hang Napkin kitchen oven handle or hanger on the wall.
It’s important to periodically wash the kitchen napkins. Collect soiled napkins every two days to be washed. If napkins exposed residues of meat, fish, fisheries or cleaning products, immediately enter the washing machine.