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Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaning Tips

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Germs, mold and bacteria won’t stand a chance.

When was the last time you cleaned out the inside of your kitchen cabinets or underneath the bathroom sink? These hidden areas are one of the least cleaned areas in the home and can quickly become a prime breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Effectively cleaning these areas regularly can help ensure your kitchen and bathroom stay sanitary and you and your family stay healthy.

The following tips will help you reduce the spread of mold, bacteria and germs in your kitchen and bathroom.

Step 1

Immediately wash anything that comes in contact with raw foods; including sponges, dishcloths, utensils, and cutting boards.

Step 2

Use plastic or glass cutting boards instead of wood and wash in a dishwasher after every use.

Step 3

Wash kitchen and bath towels regularly and replace with clean ones.

Step 4

Clean out shelves frequently and wipe them down with disinfecting wipes.

Step 5

Use non-adhesive, machine-washable shelf liner, like Duck® brand Smooth Top® Easy Liner®, in hidden areas such as shelves and drawers to make cleaning easier.    

Step 6

Wash sponges regularly in the dishwasher to disinfect them and replace them every week or two to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Step 7

Prevent mold growth by putting dishes and appliances away completely dry.

Step 8

Replace toilet bowl brushes every six months. Timing changes around the same holidays every year will help you to remember – for example, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving.   

 

Step 9

Use multi-surface, anti-bacterial cleaners to clean up countertops after working in the kitchen or putting makeup on in the bathroom.

Step 10

Seal leftovers and open food containers securely to keep them fresh and avoid spillage.

Step 11

Wash your hands before and after every meal.

Cleaning shelves, drawers and other hidden areas is a time consuming and arduous task that many people limit to once a year. But, by taking regular precautions to prevent the spread of dirt and grime, it can be easy to maintain a fresh and clean home.

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