Kitchen garbage can maintenance to prevent infection

On other occasions we have talked to you about cross contamination of food and the danger it poses to consumption and health in the kitchen. Another source of dirt and infection in kitchens is the garbage area. I mean the garbage can and its surroundings (either the corner where it is or the closet where we keep it).

The organic wealth that the garbage can contains makes it a perfect place for millions of microorganisms to proliferate at will, most of them causing diseases. Once the cube is infected we have the other actor in the film, the human being. With your hands, clothes, etc., it is an ideal transport for these microorganisms. And the infection can reach the entire kitchen, contaminating surfaces, utensils and food.

To neutralize this risk we keep the garbage can covered, clean and disinfected. And the closet in which this cube is located must also be disinfected, and, let's remember, it is not enough to clean it above; If it is not disinfected with water and bleach, the danger of contamination will not have disappeared.

Under normal conditions, a domestic kitchen generates more than a kilo of garbage every day, mainly made up of organic matter; paper and paperboard; glass and plastics. The most correct in environmental and sustainability terms is to have specific buckets or compartments for each type of waste.

And, of course, clean and disinfect them thoroughly, particularly that of organic matter, the most problematic in terms of microbiological safety. Another essential measure when handling the garbage bag is to wash your hands thoroughly. The objective is not to contaminate other parts of the kitchen and the house with them, nor the food when we handle them.

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