Designing a Kitchen With Hygiene in Mind

Designing a Kitchen With Hygiene in Mind

Designing a kitchen with hygenine in mind

In a post COVID world, we are more hygiene conscious than ever before. When designing your kitchen, hygiene could be a key factor to consider. Here are some top tips of what to consider before designing your kitchen to maximise hygiene and cleanliness.

Work surfaces

Easy to clean and maintain surfaces can help keep daily hygiene in your kitchen. 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. Timber worktops tend to keep a bit more bacteria on the surface and aren’t as hygienic as stone tops.
Regularly wiping down surfaces and high contact areas (including soap dispensers, door handles and taps) would be best practice for any hygienic kitchen space.

Regularly wiping down surfaces and high contact areas (including soap dispensers, door handles and taps) would be best practice for any hygienic kitchen space.

Functional Layouts

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 its 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, this is partly why you can never have enough storage.

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 dust in the air as well as increase 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. If you have the space then a very popular option is a dog shower or bath in boot rooms so that your pups are always nice and clean away from where you prepare food.

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.

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 an easily wipeable floor surface will help keep germs at bay.

Clutter-Free Kitchens

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.

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