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A lot of us are guilty of taking everything with us into the kitchen, from cell phones to biros and books. The kitchen should be an organized place where each and every object is put in its place. Junk should not be allowed and the moment you realize that there are certain useless stuff cramping up space in your kitchen, you should get to work immediately and send trash out to its proper place. The main idea behind keeping a kitchen tidy is to make sure that things that do not belong there are kept out and all the others are put in their designated positions. To help with this, here are four things you should definitely keep out of your kitchen:

1. Phones: These emit radiation particularly when they are in use. It has only recently been discovered that the radiations emitted by phones are sufficient to start a fire when in close contact with volatile substances such as the methane gas which is used in cooking. Most people like to keep their phones close to them and bringing it into the kitchen is a very bad habit. Please endeavor to keep your phones out of the kitchens to avoid any mishaps.

2. Rat poison: Because we hate rats and rodents so much, we try as much as possible to kill them by any means necessary, including poisoning them. These rodent poisons should not be kept anywhere near where food is being prepared. Since they are usually in powdered form, the particles can easily get blown into food.

3. Hair combs/brushes: It is a universal rule that hair should be covered while preparing meals. Hairbrushes and combs should not be found in your kitchen at any time as the hair on them can easily get blown into the food without being noticed, carrying with them unseen germs and microbes.

4. Spoilt food: Leftover food can only be warmed and eaten if they are still wholesome. Once you discover that the food has become moldy or smelly, do not keep them in the kitchen any longer. Spoilt food can easily produce lots of pathogenic microorganisms and flies which quickly spread around infecting other food if left uncovered. This is why it is advisable to keep a closed bin with a black nylon inside somewhere in the kitchen so that you can neatly dispose of dirt and waste before they start accumulating.

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This article was first published on 16th March 2017


Opoola Jelifat is a young and passionate writer. She holds a B.Sc degree in Microbiology and enjoys reading, cooking and writing on real life issues. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Ibadan. Contact her on, and via Twitter and facebook by clicking the icons below.

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