Useful kitchen appliance or haven for bacteria?
Unless regularly cleaned and sanitised, the humble microwave oven in the staff lunchroom can become a hot bed of bacteria and possible source of norovirus and salmonella, the most common infectious forms of food-borne illness.
The problem with not only, the microwave but all other communal kitchen equipment, is that unless there is a designated roster or specific person to clean the appliance, it invariably gets missed.
Back to the microwave and we’ve seen some shockers !
Some of the most common problems are;
Ensure cleaning and sanitising inside the microwave is included in the specification for the regular cleaning. Make sure it’s done daily.
If the cleaning service is only carried out once per week, a staff roster needs to be created to ensure the oven is thoroughly wiped out daily.
Cleaning Tip: To remove food residual from walls and roof of oven, place a bowl of 50/50 water and vinegar inside and set to run for a couple of minutes. Allow the water to boil and then sit for 5-10 mins. Even baked on food will be easy to wipe off and the acetic acid not only has sanitising properties but also deodorises the oven.