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Unhygienic Kitchen Practices to Avoid

Failure to sanitize your kitchen counter regularly

According to a microbiologist, Dr. Charles Gerba, people failed to clean their kitchen counter regularly, making it more unhygienic than the toilet seat. For thorough sanitation of the kitchen counter, he suggested to use paper towel and disinfectant kitchen cleaner in wiping it down. Throw the paper towel away after using it.



Rinsing but not sanitizing your cutting board

A lot of people use the same cutting board for meats, fruits, and vegetables and unfortunately, they ignore sanitizing these cutting boards. Raw meat on typical cutting board has 200 times more fecal board than a toilet seat. While people only rinse their cutting board, however, poultry and raw meat leave behind campylobacter and salmonella according to Dr. Gerba. To keep cutting boards from germs, he suggested using different cutting boards for meat and vegetables. In addition, he suggested as well sanitizing the board using a kitchen disinfectant or placing it in the dishwasher. 

Not changing out your sponge, dishcloth or scrub brush regularly

Every time sponges, dishcloths, and scrub brushes are left wet usually in the sink, they are exposed to more bacterial infestations. The advice from Dr. Gerba is to change dishcloths weekly and put the sponge into the dishwasher or microwave for thirty seconds. By doing this, bacteria will be killed keeping you safe from the illness they bring.

Not sanitizing the bottom of your sink.

According to the director of the University of Arizona’s environmental health sciences, Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D, The bottom of the sink is the filthiest area in the kitchen but people forget it often. A slimy film infested by many bacteria inhibits cracks or splits in around the sink because of the habit of rinsing raw meat. Moreover, the sink is an ideal place for the growth of E. coli because it’s wet and moist.

Vinegar and lemon can kill several bacteria though not all. A stronger bacterial killer could be a disinfectant spray. You can also fill your sink with the mixture of water and bleach weekly. Look for some of these disinfectants in any plumbing shop in Australia

If you are looking for more ways to sanitize your filthy kitchen, please visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

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Helpful Cleaning Steps for your home

Cleaning your house regardless of the season or the degree of effort you have already done is always challenging. Here are some helpful steps to clean your house completely and effectively.

Living Rooms

  • Declutter to ease the cleaning process. Look for a new place for items or remove anything visible that does not belong in the room.
  • Start cleaning in the large and hard-to-reach surfaces from the ceiling, to walls, the rest of the trim, and then the baseboards.
  • Clean the Windows.
  • Wipe remaining hard surfaces such as wood furniture, shelves, built-ins, etc. with the use of beeswax-based wood cleaner or petroleum distillate-free.
  • Refresh your floors by moving all big furniture first like bed and sofas. To remove dirt in corners and baseboards, use your vacuum’s crevice device or clean it using a microfiber mop and a recommended cleaner if you have a hard floor.



For your bedroom, start the cleaning by washing the duvet cover, bed skirt, pillows and shams and give them additional spin cycle for quicker drying. For your comforters, hit the Laundromat with one of the extra-big front-loaders. If your mattress has seen better days, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress. Allow it to sit for an hour and vacuum it up with the hose attachment.


Polish your cabinets by wiping the exposed tops, then place newspapers that fit them to collect dust. Replace the paper every now and then. Using wood cleaner, wipe the doors in front and back. When your fridge, stove or dishwasher is empty, wipe it down both inside and out. Make the countertops tidy by removing all items. Clean and dry them then return what you only use every day.


Wash your shower curtain by setting the dryer on low. Remove and rehang curtain before it’s thoroughly dry. To treat water spots and soap residue, apply heated distilled white vinegar and wipe it on the doors. Reinforce by scrubbing with baking soda and a non-scratch pad.  You can find any of these cleaning tools in any plumbing shop in Australia.

For more information about deep cleaning, please visit us at info@youplumbing.com.au

November 2019
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