DIY Cleaning Solution Will Change Your Life

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This DIY Cleaning Solution Will Change Your Life

Clean then sanitize
DIY Cleaning Solution Will Change Your Life

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Now more than ever, Americans are taking a good hard look at their home cleaning routine. Unfortunately, many people are learning there are multiple ways that they're cleaning incorrectly, especially when it comes to the kitchen. When tidying up the kitchen, the USDA advises you to first clean then sanitize. This classic one-two punch minimizes the threat of foodborne disease and other harmful bacteria. 

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Resist the urge to rest after eating a hearty meal or simply toss the dishes in the wash. Instead, wash your hands thoroughly and clean all kitchen surfaces using warm, soapy water. Then, wipe the surfaces dry.

However, the soapy water may rid your countertops of dirt and grime, but it will not kill bacteria. Enter the easy DIY solution that will change your cleaning game. Instead of reaching for a commercial anti-bacterial cleaner or wipe, mix 1 tablespoon liquid chlorine bleach and a gallon of water. Pour, spray or wipe the DIY sanitizer along all kitchen surfaces. This reduces the number of living foodborne pathogens in your kitchen. It can also be used in other areas of your house. 

Neither step can work alone though. Sanitizing, according to the USDA, is most effective after a soapy cleanse.

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Some of the dirtiest, germiest spots in the home can be found in the kitchen. Not cleaning the sink, dish sponge or sanitizing are just a few common household mistakes potentially making you sick