Thursday, June 16, 2011

Keeping Germs at Bay

Germs and bacteria can cause all sorts of health problems, I have some easy ways to clean up and protect your family.

1. To prevent cross contamination in the kitchen, designate various colored cutting boards for different tasks, green for vegetable prep, blue for meat, white for breads. This way if there is bacteria left behind from cutting chicken or meat you won't have the risk of spreading it to your salad vegetables.

2. When you're done with kitchen prep, use bleach to clean surfaces. A good mixture is a half a cup each of bleach and lemon juice and six cups of hot water. Wipe it on, let it sit for five minutes and rinse with hot water. Don't forget to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin.

3. After you've cleaned your counters, stoves and sinks re-use that bleach solution. Pour the remaining mixture down the sink to kill bacteria hanging out in the drain.

4. You can pop your kitchen sponges in the dishwasher when you run it to kill germs.

5. Use white dishcloths, towels and washcloths so that you can bleach them frequently in the laundry. Or use paper towels during cold and flu season to prevent the spread of germs.

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