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5 of the Dirtiest Items in Your Kitchen (and How to Clean Them)

Good Friday morning, Moppers. The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here, and even though it’s been a short work week for some thanks to the holiday Monday, Friday is always a welcome sight in any situation.

This weekend is shaping up to be a busy one for us, since we’ve been invited to a surprise birthday party on Sunday, which means we’ll have to condense some of our cleaning around the house, but that’s okay. We’re pretty good about staying on top of things, so there’s never any big messes to take care of. We were going to focus on the kitchen, but thankfully it’s pretty ship shape right now.

Or is it?

Food, crumbs, germs…it’s no wonder that the kitchen is known to have more bacteria than a toilet seat. A lot goes on in there. Cooking, eating, spilling, not to mention it’s a place to gather and talk, so all those germs we bring in from outside make their way into our living space, and the kitchen is ground zero in a lot of cases.

With all that in mind we though we’d take some time today to share with you some of the dirtiest items in the kitchen, and how to clean them!

1. Salt & Pepper Shakers

These two items get touched a lot! Almost daily, in fact, and with all those hands constantly touching them, there’s a better than even chance they are filled with loads of bacteria. And you know what? They rarely ever get washed. Not the right way, anyway. You can’t just clean your salt & pepper shakers by hand, because in order to get rid of all that ugly stuff on them you need to get that water really hot, and tap water just doesn’t cut it. Put them in the dishwasher the next time they’re empty, so that they can get a nice blast of scalding hot water that will kill all those germs, and in between washes, make sure to wipe them down with some disinfecting wipes from time to time.

2. Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink is a magnet for germs. From dirty dishes to discarded food, it gets contaminated in a hurry, and while cleaning it daily with hot water and soap will help, it doesn’t do nearly enough to get rid of all the bacteria that’s just sitting there. To give it a proper cleaning, use a solution of bleach and water every day to decontaminate it. Oh, and pro tip? Don’t leave your dirty dishes in there overnight!

3. Can Opener

A lot of people open their cans, and then just give it a quick rinse under tap water before shoving it back in the drawer. Do you really think that will get rid of all that bacteria that’s slowly gathering there the more cans you open? Nope. Not even close. To properly clean and disinfect your can openers, soak them in a bowl of white vinegar for a couple of hours, and make sure to dry it really good after you’re done.

4. Handles

Fridge handles, stove handles, cupboard door handles…so many handles! All of which probably contain a wealth of germs and bacteria because they’re not being cleaned on the daily. Think about it…you touch those, then touch your mouth or your eyes, and bam—instant spread of germs. Make sure you’re wiping them down every day with some disinfectant wipes if you want to squash the spread of all that bacteria.

5. Towels/Rags

Dish towels, dish rags…we use these a lot, right? We use them to dry dishes, dry our hands, and wipe down our counters, but the truth is when they’re not properly cleaned, you’re most likely just spreading those germs around from one place to the next. If you want to kill all of that icky stuff on the daily, soak them in a solution of bleach and water after using them, wring them out, and let them dry. Also, make sure you stick them in the laundry at least once a week. This will help keep the spread of germs and bacteria to a minimum, proving you with a much cleaner kitchen.

 

These are just a few items that are known for carrying lots of bacteria, but there are others around your kitchen that could stand to be cleaned more often. Your coffee pot, the cutting board, and the utensils, to name names.

Yes, the kitchen is a dirt place, but it doesn’t have to be. You can help cut down on the collecting—and spreading—of germs and bacteria by doing a few simple things each day, which will make sure your family stays happier, and healthier, than they are right now.

That’s it for today, Moppers. We hope you all enjoy your weekend, and until next week…stay safe, and stay clean!

3 Ways to Remove Ink Stains from Hardwood Floors

Good Wednesday morning, Moppers. Hump day is upon us, which means the weekend is just around the corner. Hopefully you’ve got something wonderful planned, even if it’s just chilling on the couch with Netflix and a bottle of wine.

Us? We have a whole host of things planned, including baking, crafting, and of course cleaning.

Speaking of cleaning, since it’s what we do, we got a call yesterday from a frantic friend that just discovered an exploded pen all over her hardwood floor. It seems one of the kids didn’t bother to tell her about the mess, and by the time she discovered it…the stain had already set.

GASP!

Of course she wanted to know how to clean it, and thankfully she called the experts, because removing stains of all kind is part of our job. It’s true! We know all the tricks, and this instance—with pen ink all over hardwood floors—there are three tricks we have up our sleeve, and we figured hey, why not share them on the blog?

So for your reading and cleaning pleasure, here are three ways to remove ink from hardwood floors.

RUBBING ALCOHOL

Step 1: Pour some rubbing alcohol into a clean cloth. If you don’t have any rubbing alcohol available, but you have a bottle of vodka kicking around, you can use that.

Step 2: Find a hidden spot tucked away in a corner, and test the solution on your hardwood floors to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage. Just dab a little on there, and if nothing happens such as discoloration, feel free to proceed.

Step 3: Wipe the ink stain with the cloth that has been dampened with the rubbing alcohol. You;ll begin to see all that ink transfer to the cloth. Keep working it until the stain is completely gone.

Step 4: Once you’ve banished that ink stain for good, you can rinse the area with fresh water and dry it with a towel. You can either pour some water directly over it, or wet a clean cloth and use that to rinse before drying.

TOOTHPASTE

Step 1: Take the toothpaste you use to brush your teeth with and apply it to the ink stain. Basic toothpaste works best, not the gel kind, so be sure to use that if you can.

Step 2: Dampen a clean cloth, and begin to rub the toothpaste in a circular motion. Do this for a few minutes until the cloth smoothly moves over the area, and the ink stain has been transferred.

Step 3: Rinse the cloth you just used with clean water, and use it to rinse off any toothpaste that might remain on your hardwood floor. Once the area is clean, use a paper towel to dry it.

Step 4: If, after all that, some of the stain still remains, you can repeat the process, or move on to using a stronger chemical.

BLEACH (Last Resort)

Step 1: Put on some rubber gloves, and grab some ordinary laundry bleach for this last ditch effort. Also, open a window or two.

Step 2: You can either pour a little bleach directly onto the stain, or dab some onto a clean cloth if you’re worried about distributing the bleach evenly.

Step 3: Work the bleach over the stain with the cloth, going in a circular motion. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Step 4: Wipe away the bleach using a clean cloth dampened with warm water.

Step 5: Use another clean cloth, dampened in water, to rinse the area, then towel dry. The ink stain should be completely gone at this point.

Step 6: If you notice any discoloration to your hardwood floor, gently sand the area, then apply a light wood stain. From there you can apply some finish, and voila! Your hardwood floor should look like new again.

Ink stains can certainly be worrisome, because when we think ink, we think permanent! Thankfully they don’t have to be, especially on your beautiful hardwood floors. Of course with the above steps if you catch the stain early enough, be sure to blot up all the ink with some paper towels before tackling the stain, otherwise you’re just going to be swishing all that ink around, causing an even bigger mess.

And yes, bleach can be used, but we recommend that as a last resort if you’ve tried everything else, mainly because bleach is one of the harshest chemicals out there, and as you’ve read, there’s a good chance it could cause discoloration, leading to more work on your part by way of sanding and finishing. So again, only turn to bleach if you’ve exhausted all your other options.

Thankfully our friend managed to get rid of her stain with some rubbing alcohol, and didn’t need anything else. If you’re not so lucky, switch to toothpaste and see how that works for you.

That’s all for today, Moppers. We’ll talk to you again on Friday, but until then stay safe…and stay clean!

How to Get Red Food Coloring Out of Your Carpet

Good Monday morning, Moppers. We hope our Canadian friends had an amazing Thanksgiving this past weekend, and for those of you in the United States, we hope you get to enjoy your Columbus Day today, even if you do have to work.

Halloween is just around the corner, and to that end we spent a little time this past weekend experimenting with different treats we’re going to make for the big celebration, because yes, around here Halloween is definitely a celebration. Of course you can’t have Halloween without a little blood, which in most cases means using some red food coloring.

Awesome, right?

Well, not so much if you manage to get some on your carpet. Be it from some vampire bite cupcakes, the fake blood your kids are trying to make, or any number of ghoulish reasons…that red splotch can mean big trouble in some cases.

Thankfully we’re here today to give you some handy dandy tips for getting red food coloring out of your carpet, so you don’t have to buy a whole new room.

Step 1: Mix

First you need to mix your cleaning solution in order to get rid of all that red, so mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, 1 tablespoon of ammonia, and 2 cups of warm water. Stir it all around to make sure everything gets nice and blended.

Step 2: Sponge/Blot

Next, take a clean white cloth, dip it in the cleaning solution and gently sponge the stain to soak it, then begin blotting it little by little until all that liquid is absorbed. Repeat this step until either the stain is gone, or it is no longer being absorbed by the cloth.

Step 3: Re-Mix

If you’ve done all that and the red food coloring stain still remains, it’s time for a little tough love. Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water. Stir it all around to blend.

Step 4: Sponge/Blot (Again)

Just like in step 2, sponge the stain with the newly mixed cleaning solution using a clean white cloth, and blot it until the liquid is absorbed.

Step 5: Alcohol

By this time you probably feel like you need a stiff drink, but hang on, you’re almost there. Grab some rubbing alcohol, and sponge the stain with another clean white cloth, making sure whatever’s left gets nice and wet.

Step 6: Blot

From there, blot the stain soaked in rubbing alcohol until all of the liquid is absorbed into your cloth.

Step 7: Sponge Dry

Finally, after all that, you can sponge the area with cold water, and blot it until it’s mostly dry. By this point the red food coloring stain should be completely gone.

In most cases if you can catch the stain early you won’t need to go beyond the first two steps, but for those spots that go unnoticed, getting that red food coloring out will be more of a challenge, but it can be done.

The carpet you choose is reflection of who you are, and how you take care of it says a lot about the way you live. You don’t want guests to see ugly spots, right? Stains, dirt, all that junk can easily be cleaned if you stay on top of it, but we realize with your busy life it isn’t always possible to catch things when they happen. Thankfully not all stains mean the end of your beautiful carpet. With a little elbow grease and some tough love, you can say goodbye to those seemingly impossible to remove stains, and red food coloring is no exception.

So this Halloween season cut loose, experiment, and never worry about those stains because you know what? You got this!

Until next time, Moppers. Stay safe…and stay clean!

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