It’s important to remember that sometimes just cleaning a surface isn’t enough. Nowhere is this as important as in the kitchen, where grimy hands, raw food and dirty dishes all come into contact with the same areas.

While we’re sure you are already wiping down your surfaces on a daily basis, make sure you give them an extra sanitising rinse at least once a week…

An isopropyl alcohol spray, or cheap plain vodka, is a fantastic germ-buster that does not contribute to bacterial resistance either.

You can use it on any hard, non-painted surface in the kitchen. You can, of course, also opt to dilute a little bleach in a lot of water for the same surfaces.

Chopping boards should always be wiped down with a little alcohol, or half a raw lemon if you’d prefer. If the material is robust enough, you can leave it in the sun for an hour for some extra disinfecting power. Butchers block countertops can be cleaned the same way.

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Don’t forget to disinfect the sinks too while you are on a roll!

Granite and stone counters will need to use cleaners suitable specifically for them, but alcohol is generally a good and acceptable sanitiser here too.

For painted surfaces, use a little dish soap, a scrubbing brush and some boiling hot water to ensure the area is sterile and clean.

Keeping your kitchen sanitary is key to a happy, healthy family home, so don’t let this critical task slip.