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7 Ways to Avoid Food Poisoning Without Dangerous Cleaners

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7 Ways to Avoid Food Poisoning Without Dangerous Cleaners

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

Conventional cleaner companies would love for you to believe that bleach, ammonia, and a host of other poison chemical cleaning agents are necessary to keep your kitchen free of food borne illnesses. In fact, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only are these cleaners dangerous, they also impact your health overtime, leading to diseases down the line. What’s more, many conventional cleaners aren’t meant to be put down the drain, so they can pollute our ground water, lakes, and streams.

Related: What Not to Put Down Your Drain

But no need to worry, you can have a clean kitchen without having to endanger your family and the planet with harsh chemical treatments if you follow this guide.

1. Separate Kitchen Rags

You don’t have to go through tons and tons of paper towels to have a clean kitchen, and sponges are known for spreading bacteria. Instead, buy durable, organic cotton kitchen towels. Have a separate dirty laundry for them and throw them in each time you wipe down the counters. Once you have a full load, run them through the wash. This way they don’t get mixed in with your regular wash.

2. Buy a Biodegradable Antibacterial Counter Cleaner or Make Your Own

You can choose to buy a biodegradable counter top cleaner. I’m a big fan of Seventh Generation’s Thyme Cleaner. Thyme is a strong, natural disinfectant. I’ve been pleased with it every time. You could also make your own all-purpose cleaner. Here’s a good recipe:

All-Purpose Cleaner from Earth Easy: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep.

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6:10PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Dangerous cleaners would defy the purpose.

10:23AM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

When recipies use cup for measuring ingredients what size cup is normally used? I would like to make my own cleaning product but not sure how much washing/baking soda to use.

7:32AM PDT on Apr 29, 2011

Best yet, stay away from all animal products! Vegan clean up is unbelievably easy. :)

Love courageously!

9:32AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Vinegar is great stuff. I go over the counters and stove every night before bed with a vinegared cloth. Seems to be working -- we are never sick.

5:45AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011


5:22AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

thanks for sharing.

1:37AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

I mainly just use plain water. Sometimes a little vinegar. In the shower, I just put a little shampoo on my nail brush and do the walls lickety-split. I don't like to put soap in the environment so unless the food was greasy, I just rinse the dish(es) under hot water and air-dry. If I use paper towels, I re-use them over and over and over, for increasingly nasty messes, until they're tattered and blackened beyond redemption. Inbetween messes, I throw 'em in the dishwasher which I never use. I eat anything I drop on floor or ground, & lick many things. My 3 cats observe the world from their kitchen-counter perches. They think they're people and disdain water bowls... it has to be out of the faucet! Occasionally, when overcome with love, I lick my cats a bit (who love to roll in dirt; pfft-pfft!) I really pay no attention to germs. I never use those "hand-sanitizers" (yuck) and rarely use soap to wash my hands. Yet I'm simply never sick! I've never had medical insurance & treat myself homeopathically if I ever need to. Perhaps it's because I (reportedly) dined on mudpies, weeds & cat feces out of the litterbox when I was a kid and only took a bath on Sat. night; perhaps it's because I take immune-system boosters daily & have IRONCLAD immunity -- but I just never bother with germs & fortunately, they never bother with me either!
Chemicals are a different story, tho... I avoid all unnecessary chemicals; they'll put you in an early grave!

1:02AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

ya..........these r very usefull all women

10:58PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

Thank you for the very useful info

9:41PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

I use vinigar & water.

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Cannot stop catalogs, I tried- recycle them.

This sounds just a bit too new agey for me, sorry.

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