Your kitchen is a place where your family is likely to spend a lot of time. Thus, in order to make sure it is a safe and sanitary place to be, and that the food preparations that take place there do not cause any kind of problem, consider the following suggestions for cutting down on germs:
Wipe down cabinet fronts: many people take care to wash counters, and do dishes, but forget that splatters and splashes happen to the cabinet fronts as well as the other areas of the kitchen. In order to cut down on germs in the kitchen, every few weeks, make sure you use a disinfectant and wipe down the fronts of the cabinets, knobs, etc. You have to touch the knobs to open the cabinets, and this can spread germs, so disinfect them regularly.
Clean out fridge monthly: your refrigerator can become a breeding ground for germs, especially since it is dark, and often moist. So, make sure that once a month you clean out the shelves, remove anything that is expired, and wipe down all of the shelves and drawers, use a mild soap, or disinfectant to remove any germs, but not damage your food.
Wash your dishes in hot soapy water.
Keep dishes clean: Letting dishes sit in the sink unclean is like asking for germs in your kitchen. At the end of each day be sure that you have taken the time to clean all of the dishes in your sink, and run the dishwasher, so that it too can stay sanitary. Do not just wash them by hand, be sure to also wash them in the dishwasher where the heat is higher and can kill germs.
Sanitize trash receptacle: Your garbage can may add a lot of germs to your kitchen, as well as stench. Often times the bags will leak, garbage will overflow, etc. So in order to cut down on germs in the kitchen, make sure that each time you remove a bag of trash, that you check to ensure it is still clean, and possibly wipe down the outside of the trash can. If there has been any leaks, etc., you may want to sanitize the inside as well. A good Lysol spray or wash can cut germs down very much.
Sanitize sink: Your sink is where you wash produce, dishes, and even your hands, so making sure it remains clean and sanitized is a key to keeping your kitchen germ free. Take the time to wash down the sink, and use a disinfectant. Doing this daily will keep your sink looking bright and fresh, and will also reduce your germs significantly.
Mop floors: Kitchen floors often get dirtier than other floors in your home. The eating, cooking, and constant traffic in the kitchen will add to this. The floor can become a place for germs to grow and spread. So, keeping the floor swept and mopped often. Make sure at least once a week you clean the floors.
Sanitize countertops: Countertops are important for cutting down germs, so sanitize them after each use, especially after cutting or preparing any kind of meat or dairy.