Tips: Eliminate Bacteria in the Kitchen

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Most kitchen tools are the perfect atmosphere for bacteria.  They get damp, wet, and basically are nothing but bacteria holders.  This is true for sponges, washcloths, mop heads, the whole works.  There are definitely better choices not only for your health, but for the environment as well. The sponges and old washcloths are made with chemicals that don’t easily break down when tossed.

Here’s a few things that will help with being eco-friendly and bacteria free:

Hemp Washcloth

Hemp washcloths are very earth friendly product because they contain no chemicals, dyes, or fragrances.  They are also mildew and UV resistant, so it last longer.  Hemp is naturally harder and more abrasive than cotton, so it takes less scrubbing on your part to get your dishes clean and cabinets wiped down.  You can find Hemp washcloths on Etsy or by searching for it online.

Crochet or Knit Washcloth

Whether you know how to make your own, or buy some online– yarn is also a better alternative than cotton.  Yarn fibers don’t grab on to the bacteria like cotton does, so less bacteria.  They need to be hung up to air dry after using.  Every other day they need to be washed in a regular load of clothes in the washer. This is a great way to keep from spreading germs from a sponge.

Sterilize Kitchen Tools

Once a week sterilize your sponges and other kitchen tools.  Especially if they have touched raw meat; i.e. chicken or hamburger.  Just set a large pot of water on the stove, toss in your items, and boil for 5-10 minutes.  To get them extra clean, toss in a couple caps of vinegar.

Glass Cleaner

If you’re still seeing spots on your glass items like cups and plates, add vinegar to your rinse cycle.  Fill up your sink or a large bowl with 3 parts water to 1 part water and rinse your glass items in that.  This mixture can also be added to your rinse aid in a dishwashing cycle.  No more chemically induced additives to clean those spots.

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