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Give Your Home a Health Make-over

Which do you think are the dirtiest, most germ-laden areas in your home? Most people would probably say the bathroom or the kitchen. Interestingly enough, studies reveal that items like the television remote, cell phone and computer keyboard are actually the culprits![1]

healthy home makeover

How many of you lifted your fingertips off the keyboard just now?

No worries…you can easily clean it by turning it upside down and gently shaking to release any crumbs…then wipe with a cotton ball slightly damp with alcohol or special computer cleaning fluid and finish with an antibacterial wipe.[2]

Even though some research has put the computer keyboard, TV remotes and cell phones at the top of the germ hot-spot list, the kitchen is not far behind.

So what can you do to insure that your kitchen is a safe place to prepare and store food for your family?Here are 5 simple steps to give your kitchen a Health Makeover!

Wash hands

Always start with freshly washed hands when preparing or serving food…remember to wash hands, utensils, counter tops and cutting boards after touching raw meat or poultry.

Refrigerate

Promptly refrigerate leftovers…bacteria can grow at room temperature.

Use glass containers

Switch to glass food containers because some plastics contain chemicals that leech into the food.

Wash produce

Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly and remove outer leaves of lettuce and cabbage.

Wash tops

Wash off the tops of cans before opening…store warehouses can harbor many types of vermin that may crawl over the merchandise.

Rinse can opener

Rinse off your can opener after each use…and give it a good wash with hot soapy water on a regular basis.

References

  1. http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2010/08/ten-most-germy-places-in-the-home
  2. http://www.ehow.com/how_2215315_clean-computer-keyboard.html

Vivian Kirkfield

I'm a mom ­of three, ­educator, ­parenting ­speaker an­d author o­f Show Me ­How! Build­ Your Chil­d's Self-E­steem Thro­ugh Readin­g, Craftin­g and Cook­ing. I lo­ve sharing­ my passio­n for util­izing pict­ure books ­and positi­ve parenta­l particip­ation to b­uild self-­esteem, de­velop pre-­literacy s­kills and ­strengthen­ the paren­t-child co­nnection. ­ I enjoy h­iking and ­fly-fishin­g in the C­olorado Ro­ckies when­ I'm not r­eading, cr­afting and­ cooking w­ith kids. ­ My next w­riting pro­ject is a ­picture bo­ok/board b­ook for to­ddlers and­ I just re­turned fro­m taking t­he Show-Me­-How Story­-time with­ Miss Vivi­an program­ "on ­the road&q­uot; to Ch­icago.
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  • I can’t tell you the last time I cleaned the keys on my keyboard or on the remote. I certainly never thought of them as being the dirtiest part of my home, but your article has changed all that. Thanks also for the tip about alcohol, cotton balls & wipes. That was very helpful.

  • Thanks for the great article. I always try to keep my house clean, but I never thought to wash my can opener. It’s one of those things that you never seem to wash as often as you should (although I’m going to clean it in the future!).

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Vivian Kirkfield

I'm a mom ­of three, ­educator, ­parenting ­speaker an­d author o­f Show Me ­How! Build­ Your Chil­d's Self-E­steem Thro­ugh Readin­g, Craftin­g and Cook­ing. I lo­ve sharing­ my passio­n for util­izing pict­ure books ­and positi­ve parenta­l particip­ation to b­uild self-­esteem, de­velop pre-­literacy s­kills and ­strengthen­ the paren­t-child co­nnection. ­ I enjoy h­iking and ­fly-fishin­g in the C­olorado Ro­ckies when­ I'm not r­eading, cr­afting and­ cooking w­ith kids. ­ My next w­riting pro­ject is a ­picture bo­ok/board b­ook for to­ddlers and­ I just re­turned fro­m taking t­he Show-Me­-How Story­-time with­ Miss Vivi­an program­ "on ­the road&q­uot; to Ch­icago.
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