Your KITCHEN may be dirtier than a toilet seat!
Here are some ideas - combining the powered by nature Egret, and proven by science cleaning of Electrolyzed Water....a non toxic product that is perfect for kitchen tasks!
Quotes from "FYI, Your Kitchen Is Probably Dirtier than a Toilet Seat" article in Explore Food and Wine - by Alessandra Bulow published June 15, 2017....
How about Sponges and Dishcloths!
"We did a survey collecting 1,000 sponges and dishcloths in kitchens, and about 10 percent had salmonella. They get wet and stay moist, so bacteria grow like crazy. The most E. coli and other fecal-based bacteria in the average home are on a sponge or cleaning cloth.”
DR. GERM’S ADVICE: “Replace dishcloths every week and throw the sponge into the dishwasher or microwave it on high for 30 seconds"
Egret pours EO water into a bowl to soak after use and regularly sprays the sponge and cloth with EO water in between. You will notice the odour will dissapear if used properly...which indicates CLEAN!
#2 - Sink. "“There’s more E. coli in a kitchen sink than in a toilet after you flush it. The sink is a great place for E. coli to live and grow since it’s wet and moist. Bacteria feed on the food that people put down the drain and what’s left on dishes in the sink. That’s probably why dogs drink out of the toilet—because there’s less E. coli in it,” says Dr. Germ.
DR. GERM’S ADVICE: “Clean the sink basin with a disinfectant product made for the kitchen. Vinegar and lemon juice can clean some bacteria, but they can’t clean really bad pathogens, so the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t recommend using them as an alternative.”
We leave the Egret EO in a spray bottle beside the sink and spray dishes that are sitting in the sink as well as use the product after washing anything in the sink. A little blast of EO water helps keep the area CLEAN!
#3 - Cutting Board
“In most cases, it’s safer to make a salad on a toilet seat than it is to make one on a cutting board. There’re 200 times more fecal bacteria from raw meat on the average cutting board in a home than a toilet seat. Most people just rinse their cutting board, but poultry and raw meat can leave behind salmonella and campylobacter.” The latter bacteria, which can come from eating raw meat, is one of the most common causes of food-borne illness, according the FDA.
DR. GERM’S ADVICE: “Use one cutting board for meats and another one for vegetables, so you don’t get cross-contamination. Boards can be cleaned with a kitchen disinfectant or put it in a dishwasher.” As to whether you should buy a wood or plastic cutting board: “We used to always recommend using plastic cutting boards, but wood seems to have antimicrobial resins, so it’s a toss-up.”
We wash cutting boards and then spray them down generously with the Egret EO water and allow to dry - then rinse and put away. The dishwasher is also an excellent idea.
4. Bottom Shelf of the Refrigerator
“When we looked at refrigerators, the bottom shelf tends to have the most bacteria, because moisture and condensation drip down from the upper shelves. People often put produce on a bottom shelf and defrost a meat product above it.”
DR. GERM’S ADVICE: “Wipe down the bottom shelf every two or three weeks with a disinfectant cleaner that’s made for the kitchen. To avoid cross-contamination, put raw meat on the bottom shelf and tuck raw produce into a drawer away from everything else.”
We use the Egret EO regularly to clean out the shelves and especially the produce area. It's nice to know that EO water is used in the food industry as an approved and non toxic form of cleaning fruits and vegetables!
5. Kitchen Countertops
“Kitchen countertops tend to be the dirtiest near the sink area because people wipe them down with sponges and cleaning cloths that have E. coli and other bacteria. The sponges and cloths just spread the germs all over the countertops.”
DR. GERM’S ADVICE: “Use a disinfectant kitchen cleaner and finish off by drying the countertop with a disposable paper towel. Paper towels are great because they absorb a lot of the moisture and bacteria and you can just throw them away.”
We ALWAYS have the Egret in the kitchen and use it to blast any shopping bags, groceries and produce when we place them on the counter. Just a nice mist and allow it to all dry. The food safe cleaning power in Egret helps us feel comfortable - and it has a benefit of being safe to use on surfaces with little residue (maybe a little salt water). Highly effective, natural and safe way to clean your kitchen!