With busy schedules, it can be difficult to stay on top of household chores. Instead of letting these little things pile up, take a few extra minutes to quick clean these areas! Here are three quick cleaning tips to help you stay on top of the grime and at the top of your game!
1. Zap the Sponge: We all know that sponges can be a hot bed for all kinds of nasty bacteria like salmonella and a super scary bacteria called campylobacter – which can cause paralysis – among other life threatening symptoms. This awesome cleaning tip will zap those nasty germs right out of your sponges! Disinfect yours every night by squeezing it out and microwaving it on high for a minute. When it’s shredded and begins to smell, be sure to toss it right in the trash!
2. Disinfect the Disposal: It really does makes sense that the garbage disposal would need a little bit of TLC considering all of the waste that we grind down and flush away. After a while, it beings to smell as bacteria grow and form natural odors. To get rid of those odors, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue. Or try Disposer Care (DisposerCare.com), which is specifically designed for the job. Plink balls work particularly well also and come in a variety of different pleasant aromas. Of course, the lemon, ice and salt combination will help your disposal smell lemony fresh, without the use of harsh chemicals.
3. Do Dishwasher Duty: We suggest you do this cleaning tip at least once a week. Simply shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine’s edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To get a deeper clean on the inside of the dishwasher, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to kill bacteria like E.coli. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished. According to GE, water temperatures in dishwashers must reach temperatures of at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit in order to effectively clean and sanitize dishes, but no hotter than 150 degrees Fahrenheit or it may cause damage to dishes. If you want to check the temperature of your dishwasher, you can use a candy or meat thermometer.
www.WomansDay.com, “30 Quick and Easy Cleaning Tips”, Feb. 4, 2015