To avoid a nasty encounter with a virus or bacteria, the folks at CNN suggest being mindful of how germs spread and offer some precautions:
- wash your hands;
- keep the surfaces clean,
- use a dedicated cutting board for raw meats and a different one for vegetable;
- dedicate on sponge for counter tops and a different one for dishes.
While those aren't bad ideas, The Motley Monk has some of his own that he uses at HIH II.
For the bathroom, The Motley Monk's tips are based upon observing decades ago how nurses used to clean the patient's rooms and bathrooms at Northwest Community Hospital. These tips require using isopropyl alcohol (C3H8O, C3H7OH, or CH3CHOHCH3) that's poured into a spray bottle.
- spray the counter top and sinks with isopropyl alcohol, dry with a clean cotton cloth;
- spray the toilet tank, seat (both sides), and entire toilet with isopropyl alcohol, dry with a clean cotton cloth; and,
- spray the floor with isopropyl alcohol, dry with a clean cotton cloth.
Not only will the bathroom smell "hospital" fresh, but most of the germs will have gone to their eternal reward.
For the kitchen, The Motley Monk has some other tips he learned at the knee of his paternal grandmother. Those tips are based on using a 1:5 mixture of bleach and water. Nonnie used "Linco" bleach which used to be delivered in brown jugs to residences, just like milk used to be delivered. Today, regular old bleach suffices...but it ain't Linco.
- spray the countertop, faucets, spigot, and sink with the mixture, wipe clean with a sponge (which will cleanse the sponge), dry with a clean cotton cloth;
- spray the sink and drain with the same mixture, use a scouring pad to clean any grit, etc. (which also cleanses the scouring pad), and dry with a clean cotton towel; and,
- rinse sponge and scouring pad; place into a sink basket to dry.
When finished using cutting boards:
- wash with warm water and dishwashing soap, rinse thoroughly;
- spray with the bleach-water mixture, use a kitchen brush (or scouring pad) to clean the cutting board surface, and rinse thoroughly;
- repeat washing with warm water and dishwashing soap, rinse thoroughly; and,
- dry with a clean cotton towel; and,
- let stand in an open area to dry thoroughly.
Following these tips, that 1% of harmful germs doesn't have a chance.
That's how The Motley Monk keeps germs at bay!
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