Cooking with your little ones is a lot of fun. It’s also a great opportunity to teach them about kitchen hygiene and the importance of hand washing before and after touching food. These parents have some useful tips to help you introduce and encourage good and effective hand hygiene in the kitchen
Samantha, 27, Mom to Jade & Lianne
“Before we start in the kitchen, I make sure the girls are ready to help by getting them to put on an apron, tie back their hair, roll up any long sleeves and wash their hands with warm water and soap.
I know it’s important to create a safe and hygienic environment when cooking with them so we have always thought about safe ways to get the children involved in the kitchen, even from a young age. We include them in whatever we can, from deciding what to cook, mixing and weighing ingredients, setting the table and helping to clean up afterwards!”
Jacob, 34, Dad to Thomas
“I think it is really important to be an effective hand hygiene role model to Tom in the kitchen. I always make sure to wash my hands together with him before, during and after preparing food, using warm water and soap to get rid of any germs. Repetition and routine are key to making good hand washing a habit, so we do it together every time!”
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Sarah, 25, Mom to Alex
“Both my husband and I like to make hand washing as simple as possible for Alex! We keep the kitchen stocked up with a good soap, and keep a stool handy so that he can reach the sink without difficulty. We hope this makes him think of hand washing as less of a chore.
We also try to chat about hand washing while we are busy having fun in the kitchen. I usually take the opportunity to explain why hand washing is so important and how it can help everyone in the family stay healthy and happy by stopping nasty germs. I also make sure that Alex knows that there are certain foods you should always wash your hands after handling, such as raw foods, because they have more germs on them.”
Hopefully we’ve given you a few ideas on how to make proper kitchen hygiene a little easier and more manageable with your kids. Remember to use a good antibacterial soap, in the kitchen so that little hands stay clean.