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Simple Steps for a Safer Kitchen

The kitchen can be an overlooked source of household germs. The ever-present kitchen sponge is a likely culprit: its moist environment can breed bacteria, molds and other pathogens. Sinks and drains are also typically germ-ridden, as are handles on the refrigerator and microwave, cutting boards, and dish towels.
Reduce germs with the following simple steps:

  1. Wash your hands before and after handling food. For home use, plain soap works just as well as antibacterial versions, and is better for the environment.
  2.  Replace sponges frequently, or run through the dishwasher weekly
  3. Wipe down the sink, counters and other surfaces that are touched often with a solution of 3/4 cup bleach to a gallon of water. If you wish to avoid synthetic chemicals, add 50 drops of tea tree oil (found at health food stores) to a vinegar/water solution.

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Reader Comments (3)

Seriously? Bleach? There are SO many hazards with bleach it's unreal! While I know you are giving an alternative, even suggesting bleach makes me second guess a lot of your other ideas....*sniff*

April 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndi


April 21, 2010 | Unregistered

Bleach is an inexpensive , perfect solution to ensure the kitchen or house in general is sanitary. I even put a dash of bleach in a pan with water and when scrub the veges with it.

April 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJudy K
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