- Home Cleaning
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.
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.
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!