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Cleaning your kitchen doesn’t have to mean using 4-5 different expensive and dangerous cleaning products. It can actually be a very simple process and only requires a couple of cleaning items, a few steps and some elbow grease, and some knowledge about germs.
1. Clean dry dish towel
2. Clean sponge and dishrag
3. Dish soap (Dawn is great for greasy messes, but every day dish soap is fine. I use a natural dishsoap.)
Here is the knowledge part:
The main sources of germs are raw meat juices (especially chicken), dirty rags and sponges (think cross contamination from wiping meat juices up then using the sponge to wipe the rest of your counter), dirty sinks, and trash cans. The best way to prevent illness is to:
1. WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY (before cooking, after handling meat, after emptying the trash, after using a sponge, etc…)
2. Clean meat juices up with a disposable paper towel immediately (this is about the only thing I use paper towels for), spray the area with disinfectant, allow to sit for 10 minutes and wipe residue with a paper towel. I actually have place where I only prepare meat on the rare occasion I have to chop or handle it. No other food is prepared in this area.
3. Never use the same sponge for cleaning meat juices as you do to clean the counters (better yet, use paper towels for meat juice contamination.)
4. Use a different knife and cutting board for meat than the other items you are chopping or cutting.
5. Clean sponges daily using the microwave or dishwasher (I have several sponges and am always throwing the used one into the microwave or dishwasher.)
6. After each use of a sponge, rinse well, squeeze water out, and lay wet side up to dry.
7. Use a clean dish towel daily.
8. Keep the sink clean. Other than areas where meat has been prepared, this is the most important area to disinfect.
9. Spray the inside of the trashcan liberally with disinfectant and allow to air dry at least one time per week.
10. Sweep and mop your kitchen at least once per week.
See? You don’t need any special cleaners or to spend a lot of money. Most people keep dish soap, bleach, and baking soda on hand. Spray bottles can be had for a buck at Dollar Tree, as can sponges and dish towels. Cleaning this way is a great way to cut down on the number of cleaning supplies in your home, and it is an easy way to save money.