When it comes to cleaning your kitchen, there are many suggestions and ideas on how to do it correctly and in a way that most benefits you and your family. While there are certainly right and wrong ways, it is important to know the difference between what would be considered simply cleaning and what would be thoroughly disinfecting an area and protecting your family from any potential bacterial harm. We consider the health of your family part of our Atlanta plumbing services and want to provide you with the best information on how to keep your kitchen clean!
When Using Bleach
Bleach is one of the most efficient ways to eliminate bacteria in your kitchen, but there are also some rules to follow when using it. Because of its potency, household bleach should almost always be diluted with water. Household bleach is not toxic, but it can irritate a person’s eyes, mouth, lungs, and skin when used in large amounts for an extended period of time. It could also be irritating to those with asthma or other respiratory ailments. Household bleach should never be mixed with any other cleaners, specifically acids and ammonia. Another thing to remember before using bleach is that it is good to spot-test it on certain surfaces to see how it affects the surface before completely covering it with bleach as you clean it and damaging the surface. For cleaning surfaces made from wood, such as a butcher block or wooden countertops, scrub the surface with a brush dipped in a solution of one teaspoon of household bleach and two quarts of water. Scrub in small circles while being careful not to completely saturate the wood. After scrubbing, wipe the area with a damp paper towel and then dry with a cloth. This could be one of the most efficient ways to clean these surfaces that are known for collecting bacteria.
When Using Lysol
Lysol works as a great disinfecting agent in your kitchen. A disinfectant spray like Lysol can work wonders in your kitchen for killing germs and working to eliminate odors. Another use for Lysol is for disinfecting the surfaces in your kitchen. Remember that there is a difference between cleaning your surfaces and disinfecting them. Use Lysol on your cooking range after cleaning up a greasy mess or on your kitchen cabinets. Both places can build up grime and bacteria over time.
When Using Vinegar
If you are looking for a more natural approach to cleaning your kitchen without chemicals, vinegar is a rockstar. Vinegar allows you to skip using chemicals in places in which your food comes in contact if that is a concern for you. Vinegar can be used to clean and shine up any stainless steel appliances in your kitchen. Combined with hot water, vinegar can clean even the stickiest mess in your freezer. If you’re wanting to clean your dishwasher, put a cup or two of vinegar in the bottom of your dishwasher and then run an empty cycle — it will freshen it right up!
The safety and wellbeing of our customers and their families is the number one priority of Atlanta plumbers. If you are interested in more of our plumbing hacks and services, please give us a call at (770) 860-8110.