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Five Super-Easy Ways to Germ-Free Your Kitchen

Five Super-Easy Ways to Germ-Free Your Kitchen

Having a germ-free kitchen is important for healthy living. Because we eat or prepare food in our kitchen, we should keep it clean at all times. Food prepared in an unsanitary kitchen can lead to food poisoning, spread of infectious disease, and even death. Here I will discuss some super-simple, easy tips on how to keep your kitchen germ-free.

Regular cleaning

Regular cleaning is the first step towards a germ-free kitchen. One great way is to use commercial products that can effectively clean and disinfect surfaces. Before using any cleaning product, make sure to read the instructions on the packaging. You should also consider the after-effects of using these products. Check out MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) which you can find on the manufacturer’s website. Make sure to thoroughly wipe up disinfectants, and don’t place food on cleaned surfaces immediately after using disinfectants because they might be absorbed by these foods. Aside from the counter tops, also clean and disinfect the floor, cabinets, dining table, etc.

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Consider organic disinfectants.

One might consider using lemon juice as a disinfectant. Lemon juice is a natural germ killer and a preferable choice for those who would like the strength of a germ-killing agent while having the advantage of a natural one. Lemon juice has an acidic germ-killing action while leaving a fresh scent.  It can be directly applied to any kitchen surface or you can squeeze the juice from three medium-sized lemons into a bowl. You can also wash some selected kitchen appliances or surfaces with soap and water, rinse, and sanitize with the lemon juice. If you have an outdoor kitchen you may consider using a ryobi electric pressure washer for deck combined with detergent or disinfectant. It will ensure deep cleaning and effective removal of disinfectant residues and germs.

Replace sponges regularly.

There is a “germ magnet” in the kitchen: the sponge. It absorbs germs during regular use, and provides “room and board” for germ colonies. For this reason it should be sanitized after use and replaced regularly.

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Steam cleaning

Steam cleaning is another way to clean and sanitize your kitchen. Whereas many cleaning products may not be safe to use in food preparation areas due to harmful chemicals, steam cleaning (where pure water is heated to steam) is an easy way to kill germs in places you might not usually be able to clean. Hot steam delivers a lot of energy to disinfect germs, penetrate bacterial bio film, and dislodge dirt from tiny crevices in the grout between the tiles on the floor. There are many ways to clean grout like a pro but the steam option is the best one for ceramic or stone tiled floors. Consider this option if your kitchen has a tiled floor, counters, or backsplashes.

Clean the inside of your microwave and refrigerator

Clean your appliances such as microwave and refrigerator at least once a week, as well as those in your outdoor kitchen like the best portable grill you recently bought. These appliances may come into direct contact with your food, hence it is necessary to maintain cleanliness.

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Storing raw foods

Storing uncooked foods correctly is another way to diminish germs in your kitchen. All raw foods are the most susceptible to harmful germs that can cause food-related sickness, so handling them with care is important. Keep raw meats wrapped tightly and stored away from fruits and vegetables. Thaw frozen meats in containers that will not leak. Do not refreeze meat once it has been thawed.

These are just a few tips on how to have a germ-free kitchen. It will be worthwhile following these tips for a much cleaner, safer kitchen and for much healthier living.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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