In a post 2020 world, we are more hygiene conscious than ever before. When designing your kitchen, hygiene should be a key factor. Here are some top tips of what to consider before building your kitchen to maximise hygiene and cleanliness.
Easy to clean and wipe-down surfaces can help keep daily hygiene practices in your kitchen. These surfaces are especially important for those with young children, pets or those who use their kitchen regularly. Opting for materials such as quartz or granite countertops, or laminate for those on a smaller budget, makes wiping down your kitchen surfaces a whole lot easier.
Regularly wiping down surfaces and high contact areas (including soap dispensers, door handles and taps) would be best practice for any hygienic kitchen space.
Designing your homes, and specifically your kitchen, with functionality in mind will help your home serve you and your needs. Adapting your layout to suit purpose can not only be a more efficient way to live but can also be more hygienic.
As our homes start to double up as offices, places to exercise, areas to socialise and even schools sometimes, it is important to keep designated areas. For example, when it comes to food preparation, this area should be free of external papers, gym bags or anything else that could potentially bring dirt into the space.
Pets in the Kitchen
Despite being a well-loved addition to any home, pets are not known for their hygiene. Pet bedding should not only be regularly washed, but should be kept out of the kitchen; these areas increase dander and dust in the air as well as the risk of tickets and parasites. If storing pet food in the kitchen, this should be kept well away from any human food. Additionally, pet dishes should be washed regularly to stop the build up of mould and saliva.
Separate Purpose-Built Rooms
Purpose-built small rooms, including utility rooms and pantries, are having a resurgence. It defines clear boundaries between spaces and helps prevent contamination between different areas, keeping homes cleaner and more hygienic.
Designated areas also help to keep indoor spaces more hygienic. Keeping paperwork, backpacks, toys and outdoor clothing away from the kitchen, will help these objects from impacting the kitchen and the food preparation.
Entering the Kitchen
If your kitchen can be entered from outside, this entrance point will be the biggest gateway for outdoor dirt and germs to enter. Implementing things such as a shoe rack, to encourage the removal of outdoor shoes, as well as a small porch area will help improve hygiene. Also, having a naturally antibacterial material for the flooring of this space, such as cork or copper, can help further decontamination before entering the kitchen.
When designing your kitchen, think about smart storage solutions. A hygienic kitchen is one which is decluttered. Therefore, anything that is left out on the kitchen counters or surfaces has the potential to create dust and gather dirt. Cabinets, drawers, built-in appliances or kitchen islands can all help to maximise storage space and free up precious space on your countertops, which can be easily wiped down.
Think about convenience and practicality when designing your kitchen. For example, make sure that the sink and cooker or hob are nearby to avoid walking too far between the two. This helps reduce the journey and minimises the risk of contamination during food preparation.