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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cleaning and Sanitizing the Kitchen

Most of us do a pretty good job cleaning the kitchen and some of us might just be diligent about sanitizing surfaces and saying good-bye to germs.

The kitchen is one of those places in the house where germs like to hang out. Think about it; food left lying out on countertops, chopping vegetables, getting uncooked meats and other food items for the evening meal ready, the sink gets used a lot and can breed bacteria due to the moisture, and the foods we touch then get transferred to cupboard doors, counters, handles, etc.

You may have heard this before but most kitchen sinks have more germs than a toilet seat. I don’t know about you but I find that a bit unnerving!

Homemade Kitchen Sanitizer

Here is a pretty basic cleaning and sanitizing recipe that can be used throughout the kitchen to kill bacteria and germs.

In a large bowl or container, combine:

• One gallon of cold water
• One tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach

Get your cleaning cloth, dip it in, and wipe down your surfaces. Work in sections allowing this sanitizer to sit for about a minute then go back over the surface with a dry cloth.
Wear an old pair of clothes as the bleach can permanently damage your clothes.

Sanitizing the Outside and the Inside

Not only do the outer surfaces of the kitchen need to be cleaned and sanitized but the inside of cupboards and drawers need some love to. It may seem like a lot to do but it’s worth it.

How Often?

How often you do a good sanitizing really depends on your personal living situation. Are you a large family? Do you have a number of small children in the home? Maybe you have elderly family members that have a hard time cleaning?

These are just a few questions to think about when deciding how often you should clean and sanitize the kitchen then make a schedule and do the best you can to stick to it!

How to Keep the Sink a Healthier Place

I mentioned above how the kitchen sink is a nastier place than your toilet seat. So how and what can you do to keep it not so icky?

1. After doing the dishes, rinse any remaining food particles out of the sink.
2. Stop up the sink and fill it to the top with hot water (boiling hot, preferably).
3. For every gallon of water your sink holds, pour a half a cup of bleach in.
4. Swish it around and let sit for a minimum of five minutes.
5. Let the solution run down the drain, as this will kill any remaining germs that are hiding down there.
6. Allow the sink to air dry.

What Else Can you Do?

• Keep the sponge clean and stop spreading germs around. I wash my sponge in a hot dishwashing cycle about once a week (depending on the job I’ve put it through) and change them when their looking tired and worn out.
• If you are working with raw meats, taking out excessively dirty garbage, cleaning a dirty garbage can – wear a pair of disposable gloves.
• In between sanitizing, use disinfectant wipes.
• If you don’t have disposable gloves, keep your hands washed with antibacterial soap after taking out the garbage, handling raw foods and don’t forget to get under your fingernails.
• Don’t forget those out of the way places like the cutting board.
• You can also help the sink be a cleaner place by grinding lemon rinds in the garbage disposal as needed.

Room Deodorizer

Here is a great room deodorizer using essential oils. Just put it in a spray bottle and enjoy your clean and sanitized kitchen.

• 4 – 8 drops essential oil
• 1 cup distilled water
• Give the bottle a shake and spray.

Some essential oils you might like are cinnamon, clove, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cleaning Glass Tile Surfaces

Glass tile surfaces are beautiful, durable, and easy to clean and care for. Many people use them as a backsplash in the kitchen and bathrooms and others use them to line the wall of their shower.

Glass tiles will dazzle you with their beauty for years after you’ve had them installed.

Cleaning Glass Tiles in the Shower

Glass tiles are very easy to care for and because they don’t absorb water, they are resistant to bacteria and mold and mildew.

But – just because they are so easy to care for doesn’t mean they don’t need cleaning. Like any other surface in your home, glass tiles do need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

Clean with Vinegar and Water

You shouldn’t have any problem using your regular bathroom cleaner on glass tiles surfaces. You can also clean them just as easily by taking a more natural approach – make a mixture of a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar. Mix this in a spray bottle, spray the glass tiles, wipe down the surface, rinse well with clean water and dry.

Heavy Duty Cleaning

Your shower is one of those places that can get a buildup of soap scum and hard water mineral deposits. If your glass tiles have a buildup of these you can do one of two things, it’s up to you and how severe you think the problem is.

1.    Use the 50/50 mix above, spray the surface and let sit about 10 minutes. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub the area. (Be careful not to scrub the grout so hard you scratch it.) When you are done cleaning the glass tiles, rinse well with water and wipe them dry.

2.    Use the same method as in the first option only use the white vinegar full strength.

Cleaning Glass Tiles in the Kitchen

A kitchen backsplash made of glass tiles is a great choice. The tiles won’t absorb 3s and offers protection against oil spatters, flying food, and are pretty much stain resistant with regular cleanings, keeping them vibrant and shiny looking for many years to come.

The same cleaning methods can be used for cleaning a kitchen backsplash as you use for cleaning the bathroom shower.

In the kitchen you can also use a mix of water and a gentle dishwashing liquid. Add 1/2 teaspoon dish soap to a spray bottle then fill with warm to hot water. Spray the backsplash and wipe down with a sponge or soft bristled brush. Rinse well with cool water and dry when done.

Textured Glass Tiles

Some glass tiles have a flat surface, and some have a textured surface. When cleaning textured surfaces; make sure to clean the crevices and grooves gently.

Cleaning the Grout

You shouldn’t have any grout cleaning problems when using any standard grout cleaner as glass is an impervious material. You can also mix together in a spray bottle, 1/4 cup bleach to 3/4 cup water, spray the grout and use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the grout. Rinse thoroughly with water. When you are done cleaning, dry the tiles.

Grout Cleaning Precautions

Just remember when cleaning grout harder is not better. You can damage the grout if not careful. As we mention, use a soft bristled brush or toothbrush, don’t use a wire brush.

Sometimes a stain will wipe away, try this first before using a brush.

Test in an inconspicuous spot first if you are unsure of any new cleaning method.

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