How to Make Your Kitchen More Sanitary and Safe for Kids
By Brooke Chaplan
It is no secret that the kitchen is the heart of most homes. Unfortunately, elements ranging from bacteria to knives can make the kitchen a dangerous place for children. The good news is you can make your kitchen a safe, sanitary space for children with the following tips.
Clean It Regularly
The best way to keep your kitchen safe and sanitary is to clean it on a regular basis. You want to start by deep cleaning high-traffic areas such as the counter, sink, dining table, and dining chairs. It is also important to clean the handles, pulls and knobs on your appliances, drawers, and cabinets. You should clean the high-traffic areas daily and the entire kitchen several times a week.
Your children should be washing their hands with soap and water before and after each meal. Encourage them to wash their hands for 20 seconds to ensure they are killing the bacteria that could cause illness. Your children may enjoy singing a 20-second song as they wash their hands, such as “Happy Birthday” or “The Alphabet Song.” This habit will also help them keep themselves safe from other spreadable diseases.
If you are planning a kitchen remodeling project, you may want to consider adding touch-free appliances. Imagine a faucet that turns on by placing your hand under it. You can even look into hands-free paper towel dispensers or a motion sensor trash can. Investing in touch-free appliances keeps the bacteria at bay and your children safe.
Keep Out of Reach
You also want to ensure that your children are safe from sharp objects such as kitchen knives. Start by placing these utensils out of reach, which you can accomplish with a locked cabinet. It is also important to look into covers for your stove burners and knobs. You can even make it a rule for children to stay out of the kitchen when you are using the stove, but it is still best to take precautions for curious children.
You can also create a safe kitchen for your children by investing in kid-friendly furniture. A small table with chairs encourages them to stay off your taller chairs and stools. Another idea is to designate your lower drawers to their kid-friendly dinnerware and utensils.
You never want a trip to the kitchen to lead to an illness or injury for your children. This is why it is important to be mindful of their health and well-being as they spend time in the kitchen.
More About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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