Personal Hygiene and Pot Washing

Importance of personal hygiene

You may not know this, but personal hygiene is very important. At home, at school, before working and after, or in the kitchen, it's always important. Simple things that may not seem very relevant can be the cause of deathly situations.

  • washing your hands
  • daily showers
  • tying your hair
  • cutting your nails
  • clean clothes
  • brush your teeth
  • cover your cuts, burns, scrapes
  • covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing
Keeping a good personal hygiene, and making safe and healthy decisions, is a good impact for both yourself and others around you. Your health depends on your personal hygiene. Better hygiene strengths your immune system which means there's less of a chance of you getting sick, or spreading illnesses and infection, which is a major key to staying clean in the kitchen. Personal hygiene isn't something you forget about in a day, you have to consistently remind yourself of the benefits of self sanitation.

Why and How?

  • washing your body helps keep it free of diseases and prevents germs
  • cleaning your teeth keeps your gums healthy (keeps bacteria from your mouth out of the kitchen)
  • washing hands before preparing foods helps keeps germs out of whoever's eating the food (not washing your hands once will spread germs to everything you touch which will then spread across the kitchen and cause illnesses)
  • clean clothes - leftover food on clothes can cause bacteria to spread
  • hair tied up - hair won't fall into the food (hair contains many germs and sweat)
  • cutting nails -while cutting vegetables, the bacteria under your nails could go in the food and start spreading to others


  • shower daily
  • cut your nails whenever they're long
  • wash your clothes when they're dirty
  • consistently wash your hands - when you touch your hairnet, go to the washroom, enter the kitchen again, touch your device, sneeze, when you cut two different things.

Steps of Washing Hands

Washing your hands doesn't seem like something to think twice about, but one of the biggest parts of personal hygiene is washing your hands PROPERLY.

How to wash your hands:

  1. Wet your hands up to your forearm
  2. Use hand soap
  3. Lather, rub your hands while singing ABC's (in between fingers, in under your nails, and up your wrists)
  4. Rinse hands
  5. Dry hands and with towel paper, turn off tap

Pot Washing

The way you wash dishes has to be very thoroughly done, whenever you do the dishes there are a few simple but very important steps needed. Especially cleaning dishes for a large amount of people ex. our school, the more dishes you have, the more you would want to rush through them, but you'll have to pace yourself and do it properly.

Steps to wash dishes

  1. Scrape the excess food off the dishes in the garbage.
  2. Put in the soap sink (which should be warm water and 2-3 pumps of soap) and scrub the dishes.
  3. By this step, all the visible food should be gone, place the dish in the second sink and rinse soap off.
  4. Once soap is off, put it in the third sink which is the sanitizing sink (warm water and 4 pumps of sanitizer)
  5. You have to keep it in this sink for 30-45 seconds to get all the bacteria off.
  6. Dry the dishes with a wash rag and put in the specific location.
  7. Empty and refill each sink when they get dirty


Obviously, the biggest factor of dish washing is that they will be clean. It'll take away 99.9% of bacteria and germs that could've caused a serious health issue. Bacteria is easily spread. It can be spread through your knives onto cutting boards, and other surfaces through utensils that are used everyday in the kitchen and home. By using warm water, the bacteria and microorganisms is killed quicker. It's also very important to sanitize because even though you think your dish is clean, it's not. This is the most important step to maintain a safe and healthy kitchen (at home or anywhere).

When? Where?

When you're in the kitchen, and cooking food, pot washing should be done on a regular. If you see any food products left on the food, you should always put it back in the wash. If you drop any utensil, that should also go in the wash. After you're done cooking or serving food, all dishes and utensils have to be washed.