We all have those things we do to keep our homes clean, but are they really effective? When was the last time you replaced your sponge sitting on the kitchen counter? Do you use that same sponge to clean up a messy stovetop and sanitize the counters? Do you know what other tasks and habits that you do throughout the day that aren’t really cleaning your home? Well, here’s some professional cleaning service advice and tips from White Glove Cleaning.
Not Sanitizing the Counters Often Enough
We don’t want to add another task to your daily to-do list, but there’s a good chance your counters aren’t as sparkling clean as you think they are. A microbiologist from the University of Arizona recommends that you clean your kitchen counters with a disinfectant using a paper towel and throwing it away when you’re done.
Not Sanitizing Your Cutting Board
If you have a single cutting board that you use for everything, including meats, fruits, and vegetables, this is a major case of cross-contamination. Our cleaning service knows that you aren’t cooking in a restaurant, but it’s still important to keep your family healthy by not only rinsing your cutting board, but sanitizing it too. Raw poultry and meat can leave behind dangerous salmonella, so be sure to sanitize the cutting board after each use, or get separate color-coated boards.
Not Changing Out the Sponge or Dishcloth
Take a moment to think about what you use your sponge for around the house. It’s great for dusting, cleaning out a water glass quickly when you’re thirsty, and picking up spills on the floor. And what do you when you’re done using the sponge? Lay it on the counter for later? That allows for a jaw-dropping number of bacteria to form that can harm your family. White Glove Cleaning service recommends getting your sponge wet and microwaving it for 30 seconds, or throwing it in the dishwasher with everything else. Also, replace the dishcloth every week.
Not Sanitizing the Bottom of the Sink
After rinsing meat, vegetables, rinsing off plates, and washing our hands in the kitchen sink, the bottom can become dirtier that you may think. This lets bacteria form in the crevices in and around the sink. To remedy this, use vinegar and lemon juice to kill the bacteria. Or for a more thorough clean, use a disinfectant spray, just don’t use that old sponge to wipe it down. For an even more thorough clean and less hassle, hire a professional cleaning service.
Cooking When You’re Sick
It might be unavoidable with young kids and busy schedules, but as much as you can help it, take a couple nights off from cooking when you’re feeling under the weather. Sneaking, coughing, and cooking are a sure way to spread germs.
The kitchen is a space in the home that gets a lot of attention, with kids, pets, and husbands running through dirtying up the floors, countertops, and sinks. It’s simple and easy to use the sponge and do a quick cleaning, but this isn’t very effective in sanitizing the surfaces. When life is non-stop, hire a cleaning service who can come and do wonders for your home’s cleanliness. White Glove Cleaning serves the communities of Spokane Valley and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today to a complimentary walk-through.