Bacteria disgusts me. The idea that little cells of microorganisms are mulitplying on surfaces around my home gives me the eebie-jeebies in ways you can’t imagine. And while some bacteria can be healthy (I’m not one to suggest anti-bacterial soap 24/7 because our bodies need to be exposed to some to survive) I’m all about minimizing the ones that come close to my regular surroundings. Especially the surroundings in my kitchen. Because bacteria is not a spice I plan to enter into my family’s diets.
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Bacteria can spread on any surface, live for several days and it’s said that bacteria cells multiply and reproduce at an astounding rate. So, how does one minimize bacterial growth in her kitchen?
5 ways to minimize bacteria from the kitchen
Keep your kitchen surfaces clear
The safest way to have a clean kitchen is to keep everything off the counter-tops and out of your sink. Anything that is on a counter-top (or in your sink, see below) can host bacteria and spread it to other items. For example, while you’re cooking chicken, chicken juices may splash onto a nearby spatula sitting on the counter top. Because you aren’t using the spatula, you won’t think it clean it and, therefore, the bacteria will collect, multiply and spread when you next use it.
Similarly, the more appliances and food you keep on your counter-tops, the more bacteria that sits on them will spread to other items.
Clean your sink
If ever the Fly Lady taught new moms anything worth holding onto, it was her tip to clean your sink each night. There may be no item more susceptible to bacterial growth than the sink. Why? Because we wash and rinse everything from meats to vegetables to plates and forks in there, splashing their juices down the drain. But not all bacteria from the rinsed-foods will go down the drain, some may stick to your sink’s base. Therefore, the surface and the area around your sink should be washed thoroughly after each meal. Using a cleaner like Multi-Surface Mr. Clean Spray or Bounty with Dawn after each meal will help to reduce bacteria in your sink.
Additionally, do not let dishes sit in your sink. That’s just a collection of germs asking to the do the nasty.
For disinfecting large areas, use either bleach or vinegar
Both bleach and vinegar, when used correctly, are two of the top choices for disinfecting and cleaning messes. But it’s incredibly important to use them correctly. Heather Solos, author of Home-Ec 101, shares her tips for using bleach safely and for using vinegar as a bleach alternative.
Keep sponges clean (and off your counters)
It’s ironic that the tools we often use to clean are breeding homes for bacteria. Keep your sponges off your counter by purchasing a pretty bowl or raised dish and clean the dish regularly. Sponges should be tossed as soon as they show wear and should be cleaned often by placing them in the microwave on full power for 30 seconds.
Introducing Bounty with Dawn
Grossed out thinking of the reproduction happening in your kitchen sponge? Me too. And so, I suspect, were Bounty and Dawn, who have recently married themselves into an outstanding union. Last week, parent company P&G introduced Bounty with Dawn, an innovative new product intended to lessen the need for sponges and dish towels. These Bounty paper towels are the thickest, strongest Bounty with 70% more fibers in each sheet to absorb messes and cloth-like durability to withstand tougher tasks. Plus, they’re infused with the cleaning power of a dish detergent. In fact, a wet sheet of Bounty with Dawn produces results that are 4 times cleaner than a used dishcloth. Just run the paper towel under the water for a few seconds and start cleaning difficult surfaces, such as pots and pans that have collected stubborn food and microwave messes (ew… another bacteria hot-spot.)
I am a member of the Bounty Quicker Picker Upper Crew — sharing news about Bounty products and tips and suggestions for keeping our homes healthy and clean. Bounty with Dawn will be available in March 2015 in food, grocery and mass-merchandisers. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.
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