Hygiene Safety in the Home and Kitchen

The most important room in the house to keep clean and hygienic is the kitchen, as food preparation and washing up presents lots of opportunities for bacteria to thrive. Food-borne diseases are easily transferred to the body during meal time, with vulnerable targets such as children, the elderly and pregnant women especially at risk. Here are some helpful hygiene tips to keep your family healthy and safe:

Change Those Sponges!

Change your sponges every two weeks - research  into Australian kitchen hygiene habits by Westinghouse revealed that over half of the kitchen sponges tested were highly contaminated with bacteria. Alternatively, throw your sponge into the dishwasher with the rest of your dishes to give it a thorough clean.

Don’t Cross-Contaminate

Use appropriate chopping boards during food preparation. Meat must always be prepared on a separate chopping board – never prepare food on a board that has recently had raw meat on it. Prepare garlic and onion on a separate chopping board to avoid strong odours and flavours seeping into other foods.

Dishwashing Habits

Place the dirtiest dishes in the middle of your dishwasher. This area has the best water exposure, so will clean dishes more thoroughly and work to keep your utensils bacteria-free. Don’t overload your dishwasher or place dishes too closely together, otherwise the water spray may not reach everything and dishes will not be cleaned as effectively.


'Cleanliness is next to godliness.'
Our Dishwasher Range

Look out for special features when selecting a new dishwasher, such as the Hygiene function found in Westinghouse’s freestanding range. This function ensures the perfect hygienic clean on the items that need it most, such as chopping boards, knives and baby products.