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7 Ways to Avoid Food Poisoning Without Dangerous Cleaners

5. Keep Pets Away From the Counter

This should be an obvious one, but it’s incredibly important. Sometimes cats like to jump up onto the counter and that can cause real problems because they can harbour bacteria. Pets need not be on the counter, no matter how much you love them.

6. Kitchen Scissors Are a Culprit

First of all, kitchen scissors need to stay put in the kitchen. And when they are used to snip open foods like meat, cheese, etc they need to be thoroughly cleaned with soap and hot water each time.

7. Wipe Down Counters, Stove, Refrigerator

Make sure that each night the counters, stove, and other applicable appliances are wiped down with a cleaner like the one mentioned above. Make sure if meat thaws in the fridge that the fridge is cleaned and every so often, completely clean out the fridge of moldy and outdated foods.

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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

thanks

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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