Have you ever heard the saying, “Wash your hands and say your prayers 'cause Jesus and germs are everywhere?” The first time I saw this saying I thought of a few family members who it applied to perfectly. These same family members have taught me many healthy kitchen habits. There are so many of these habits that I started wondering what the most important ones were and that is when I came up with “3 Healthy Kitchen Habits.”
3 HEALTHY KITCHEN HABITS
In today's time we are so busy until it is hard to keep up. But keeping your kitchen safe is one thing we cannot overlook. Here are my top 3 healthy kitchen habits that I do to keep my family safe.
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There are all kinds of kitchen sinks in the world. There are white, stainless, black, single, double bowl and the list goes on and on. But I have found my white sink to be a tell-all when it gets dirty.
Seeing the dirt so easy is a good reminder that it is time to clean the sink.
Ideally, a person should clean their sink with some cleaner every evening. After the kitchen is all clean, sprinkle some baking soda in the bottom and spray it with peroxide. Give it a gentle scrub, or you can leave it for a few minutes to whiten the sink, and then rinse.
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All that food and who-knows-what is building up bacteria on your sink. Let me encourage you not to place anything in the sink and pick it back up for use.
For example, you're cooking something in your crock-pot right next to your sink, and you don't want to get your counter dirty, so you place the lid in your sink. Bad idea! There is no telling what bacteria is in that sink and now is on your lid.
So tip number one of the 3 healthy kitchen habits is to keep your sink clean with a germ-killing cleaner daily.
Confession time! I am so guilty of forgetting to replace the water filter in my fridge. In fact, it has been so long until the red light has turned green again. I'm not sure what that means other than its way past due.
Anyway, your refrigerator water filter is there to keep your water clean. And if you're like me you want to stay on top of that. However, because your busy and have too many irons in the fire, it is easily overlooked. But I have discovered a solution to this problem.
The good folks at Sears PartsDirect have developed a water filter subscription program. Did you know that if your filter is old, it is not removing chlorine, lead, and other contaminants? I shudder to think what my family has been drinking with this out of date filter. Which is why I love this filter subscription program even more.
Now even a busy mom can have a healthy kitchen. Sears PartsDirect will ship my new filter to my front door without me having to make a trip to a store or remembering to order it.
Here is a photo of my green light which used to be red. I cannot wait to get my first filter in the mail, so I know our system is working at its full potential.
I am an old soul at heart, and I love old things. I also like to use natural products to clean my house.
Using natural items makes the next tip one of my favorites.
First, ensure that you have a separate cutting board for your meat and your vegetables. A different meat and veggie board will help prevent cross-contamination from meats to vegetables.
Once you are finished cooking give your cutting boards a good cleaning with hot water, soap, and a bristle brush. The bristle brush will help get into the cuts where bacteria is hiding.
Then squeeze some lime or lemon and salt on the surface and scrub some more then rinse again. The lemon and salt will give your boards a pleasant fresh smell and brighten them up too.
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So, now you know my 3 healthy kitchen habits. I hope you consider trying these practices also!
- First, make it a habit every evening to clean your sink.
- Second, subscribe to the Sears PartsDirect filter replacement program by clicking HERE.
- Lastly, don't forget to keep your cutting boards separated and clean them after every use.
What is one healthy kitchen habit you have?
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