INEXPENSIVE CLEANERS CAN EFFECTIVELY SANITIZE YOUR KITCHEN

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Zap those Kitchen Germs


Sanitizers should be used DAILY on counter tops, cutting boards, dishes, pots and pans, and utensils to minimize the threat of bacteria that cause food-borne illness.

There are three major food-borne pathogens, E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella. You can make your own sanitizer at home for a much cheaper price than many commercial products.    §

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Chlorine Bleach is Cheap and Effective


A teaspoon of chlorine bleach in one quart of water is effective at killing 99.999 percent of all three types of bacteria at room temperature when left on the surface for just one minute. This is a very, very effective kitchen sanitizer, and it is also cheap. Use plain bleach; those with added fragrance are not food safe.

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Vnegar and Peroxide

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Green Alternatives - Vinegar & Peroxide


Hydrogen peroxide and white distilled vinegar are also effective against all three pathogens after one minute, but only when the sanitizers are warmed to 150 degrees F and used while still at or above 130 degrees F. Never mix the two;combining hydrogen peroxide and vinegar can be dangerous.  §

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At room temperature, hydrogen peroxide is effective against only E. coli and Salmonella, but make sure to leave it on the surface for 10 minutes. Peroxide does not effectively sanitize surfaces contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

At room temperature, white distilled vinegar is effective only for Salmonella bacteria, and only when left on surfaces for 10 minutes.

A word of caution: baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) is not effective against any of these three pathogens. Use it as a scrubber, a degreaser and a deodorizer. Rinse well and then use a sanitizer.