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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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