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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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Steps in sanitizing your kitchen sink

The kitchen is one of the most utilised rooms in the house. For an entire day, a common sink handles messy dishes, leftovers, and standing rinsing water. These everyday chores cause waste to accumulate inside and on the sink leading to stains and odour, making it a community for germs.


In order to get rid of these problems and avoid the danger they pose to you and to your family, learning how to properly clean a kitchen sink well will resolve the dirty issue.

  • Get rid of all dirty dishes and food leftover from your sink first before you start scrubbing your sink.
  • Wash down the sink’s whole surface with the use of soft cloth, gentle soap and warm water to sanitize the taps, the drain as well as the outer rim. Do this cleaning every after use of the sink.
  • Pour boiling hot plain water into the drain to help eliminate any foul odours and soften hard and sticky materials that are clogged in the drain. Make sure to wash down the whole sink with this process. Do the same process a number of times every week.
  • Pour 1 tsp. of baking soda and a quarter cup of lemon juice over the sink’s surface and down the drain weekly. Allow the mixture to stand for about 10 minutes and use hot water to rinse away the remaining residue.
  • Mix together a half cup of baking soda, a quarter cup of lemon juice, and directly pour the solution into the sink drain. When the mixture is in the drain, pour down a half cup of white vinegar. Use the mixture of these ingredients every week to loosen and remove clogs and clean the drain. You can find these ingredients in most supermarkets.

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How to Clear Bathroom Clogs In Simple Steps

Clogs are everywhere – from tubs, bathroom sinks and toilets. So, let us help show you how to clear out those disturbing clogs as soon as possible.

Instructions on how to Clear a Clog above the Sink

First, start lifting the stopper lever up to the closed position. Then, unscrew the retaining nut which holds the pivot rod in position and pull the pivot rod out of the drain pipe in order to release the stopper. You can find most of the degree in and around the stopper. Clean the area using a small wire brush.

A probing tool or also known as a grabbing tool can be a good tool to use to stick down the drain to remove the clog. You can find this tool in any Plumbing Supplies store in Australia.

Clear a Clog under the Sink

If the clog still persists, you need to go below the sink and clean the sink drain trap. Prepare the following for this step: a bucket, a small wire brush and channel type pliers which you can purchase from any plumbing services store in Sydney. The first thing to do is to place the bucket under the trap to catch debris and water. Using the channel-type pliers loosen the slip nuts on the trap bend. Then unscrew the nuts with your hand and get them away from the connectors. Then by using a small wire brush, remove the pipe and clean out all the debris and rinse with water. Put back the trap bend in its original place and tighten the slip nuts using the channel-type pliers thoroughly.

In order to protect pipes from scrapes, just place duct tape on the end of wrench before you use it on pipes.

Clear a Plunger-type Drain

In case of a plunger-type drain, have the screws removed on the cover plate. Remove the cover plate carefully and all the apparatus from the opening of the overflow drain. Using a small wire brush, clean all debris from the links and also the plunger pieces of hardware. After the cleaning of debris, lubricate the pieces using heatproof grease.

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Steps to Make Your Own Drain Cleaner Without Resorting to Chemicals

When your sink or shower drain gets clogged, you may automatically think that the quick fix will involve spending cash for a caustic and potentially toxic drain cleaner. However, you have other options aside from that. Instead of spending time and money snaking your drain, you could make your own drain cleaner by using common and inexpensive household ingredients. There are common methods for making a drain cleaner that you do all by yourself. Consider this how-to guide to help you make and apply a homemade drain cleaner without resorting to chemicals or other expensive methods.



So, the next time that you’ll encounter a clog, scour your kitchen cabinets instead and look for these materials and tools:

– Bucket
– Paper towels
– ½ cup baking soda
– ½ cup salt
– 1/8 cup cream of tartar (approximately 2 tablespoons)
– Mason jar
– 2 cups boiling water
– Rubber gloves


Then, follow these steps:

  • Get your small bucket and shovel out any accumulated water in the sink or tub. Then, remove the drain cover and try to clean around the inside edges of the top of the drain using any old bathroom cleaner. If you’ll see any hair or soap scum near the surface, use the paper towel to reach in and pull it out.
  • In the mason jar, mix the baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. The purpose of the salt and baking soda is to help break up the clog. Meanwhile, the cream of tartar which will hang out on your spice rack or with your baking supplies will help clean the metals. With the lid on the mason jar, shake the components well before pouring it down the drain.
  • After that, pour two cups of boiling water down the drain and let it sit for at least an hour.
  • Next, try to run water on the sink or tub for a few minutes in order to clear the homemade cleaner from your drain and make sure that the clog is gone. If there’s still residual powder, use the paper towels to clean it up.

So, that’s a quick and low-cost solution for a clogged drain. To avoid future clogs, make cleaning your drain a part of your regular routine. For a more complicated drain problem, you may need other tools and materials aside from those mentioned above. Try to visit the best plumbing shop in Australia.

On the other hand, if the problem seems greater, it’s time to call a professional plumber to do the task for you. You may contact us at http://www.youplumbing.com.au. Our highly-skilled plumbers will help you to ensure that your needs are met and that you and your family can enjoy your home comfortably and worry-free.

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