If this is your first time registering, please check your inbox for more information about the benefits of your Forbes account and what you can do next! Insights from the Institute of Culinary Education’s restaurant and culinary management instructor … [+] Richard Vayda. The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the importance of good hygiene, and as we wash our hands more frequently in an effort to protect ourselves from the virus, it’s also a good idea to look at other areas of the house that need some cleaning and disinfecting like the kitchen. Richard Vayda, restaurant and culinary management instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, said that while it’s important to keep your kitchen clean and sanitized at all times, “In this particular time, when we can pass on this dangerous pathogen, it’s especially important, especially if you have someone elderly or immunocompromised in your household. In addition to cleaning your kitchen, washing your hands is incredibly important. You can easily get cross-contamination with any kind of kitchen utensil or towel, but your hands are the biggest culprit.” Regarding how often you should clean and sanitize your kitchen, Vayda ...