HomeExpertSpeakKitchen lockdown necessary in the pandemic new normal? Ayeshaa Dodeja

Kitchen lockdown necessary in the pandemic new normal? Ayeshaa Dodeja

Maintaining obsessive personal hygiene and cleanliness in the kitchen and your home is of utmost importance in the new normal. With the new pandemic COVID-19 taking the world by surprise and the number of cases are rising as this article is being written, we must ask ourselves what are the learnings it brings to us? asks Ayeshaa Dodeja, Kitchen Studio


Kimberly Schlapman had once said,  “My favourite room in the house is my kitchen. It’s definitely the heart and soul of our home. It’s where we gather in the morning as a family to start the day, and it’s where we wind down at night over supper”.

Since years, the kitchen has taken centre stage in every home, where recipes were passed on from generation to generation, where the sweet smell of spicy aroma filled our homes with a palatable eagerness, and where there was the most activity at certain times of the day. Where once upon a time, the traditional Indian kitchen was sacrosanct, to be entered only after the mandatory bath; a room that housed the gods, where they were not only worshipped but offered the first helping of what was cooked; where the cooking and the eating happened at the same level…this was all earlier.

The changing times has brought with them niceties such as aprons and serviettes that have become a quintessential part of the urban Indian dining space. The lady of the house or the Maharaj takes charge and conjures up dishes for one and all, with maximum activity throughout the day. After making dishes for the entire family, the kitchen can look like a mess at times, especially when the dishes aren’t done, or the counter tops aren’t cleaned. “The maid will wash the dishes tomorrow, don’t worry about it” is something we have heard often. And clean she does, keeping the kitchen spick and span. Even then, the kitchen needs to be disinfected regularly.

In the new normal, when the Coronavirus has slyly become a part of our everyday lives, we need to support our government bodies to maintain a complete lockdown in our kitchen too. Here are a few do’s and don’ts which will ensure your kitchen is as clean as ever.

Cleanliness begins at home

The first instruction to anyone who enters the kitchen, especially the cook or maid is to ensure they wash their hands thoroughly. This ensures that germs if any are disposed off at the very onset, before they cause any harm.  A cooking robe could also be kept aside for them to use every day, which can then be cleaned with clothes sanitisers to kill germs, if any.

Deep clean & disinfect

Kitchenware that can be contaminated, include:

  • Kitchen countertops: These are the most common areas, where grocery bags or household items are also kept. Spray and wipe with a disinfectant every day and every night.
  • Appliances: Juice machines, blenders and etc – These must be cleaned with a clean cloth and hot water regularly.
  • Cutting boards: Use two cutting boards – one for veggies and the other for meat. Disinfect after every use.
  • Cutlery and can openers: Must be cleaned after every use. Wipe it with a disinfectant once it is done. Keep it outside to dry.
  • Towels, sponges, and scrubs: These can be contaminated. Refrain from using a sponge, instead, use a cloth daily. If the cloth is used to clean floors, ensure you wash it thoroughly.
  • Garbage baskets:  Use a long brush and chlorinated powder to scrub the inner walls of the basket.
  • Sink drains and P-trap: Before calling it a night, pour a cup of hot water into the drain.  Wait a minute for the drain to soak up heat from the water. Then pour in a cup of undiluted chlorine bleach.  Let this stand overnight. Do this once in 2 weeks, this will help in keeping the area clean and keep the drain running freely.
  • Refrigerators: Clean your fridge. A clean fridge makes a huge difference to the overall health of a family. The fridge should be cleaned thoroughly from time to time. After cleaning, it should be wiped with a cleansing solution. Never let food decay inside the fridge.

A clean kitchen = a happy and healthy home 

Remember kitchenware is used multiple times a day, and these are the perfect hiding places for germs. BE obsessed about cleaning this part of your home.  Use disinfectants and sanitisers generously to clean your kitchen, counter-tops, refrigerator doors and kitchen cabinet handles and cutlery.  Using hot water at a high temperature ensures  your kitchen is virus free. Ensure you use an aromatic disinfectant to clean the floor, so there is a lingering fragrance in your kitchen whilst keeping germs at bay.

Be obsessed with personal hygiene

Maintaining obsessive personal hygiene and cleanliness in the kitchen and your home is of utmost importance in the new normal. This will keep you healthy, happy and wise. After all, health, truly is wealth. With the new pandemic taking the world by surprise and number of cases rising as this article is being written, we must ask ourselves what are the learnings it brings to us?

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