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Old 09-29-2011, 11:32 AM   #21
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They recommended something similar on How Clean is Your House. Keep a dishpan with bleach water in the sink after your done washing up the dishes and leave your dishcloth / sponge/ dishmop in there until you are ready to use it again.
I've worked in many kitchens that were inspected by the health department, plus my own catering business at one time...I continue to follow those rules.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:03 PM   #22
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My only problem with using bleach is I don't want to ruin my clothes (I have many that have "bleach" freckles). My solution has been to strip and go naked when I am tackling things with bleach...TMI, I know.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:13 PM   #23
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My solution has been to strip and go naked when I am tackling things with bleach...TMI, I know.
Not to mention any splashed bleach burns....Yikes!

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Old 09-29-2011, 06:26 PM   #24
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I have some clothes I sort of reserve for jobs that require chemicals. I thought I was weird when I realized that some of my friends are absolutely filthy. No wonder everyone wants to come to my house to eat.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:30 PM   #25
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"Seems to" and knowing are two different things. . . sponges harbor a lot of nasties, and are more easily replaced, then really sanitizing and hanging onto, imo.
I don't use sponges nearly as much as I used to. I mostly stick with dish rags, dish towels, hand towels, and paper towels. I do still use an occasional sponge.
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Old 09-30-2011, 01:00 AM   #26
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I have some clothes I sort of reserve for jobs that require chemicals. I thought I was weird when I realized that some of my friends are absolutely filthy. No wonder everyone wants to come to my house to eat.
I have my bathroom cleaning outfit...shorts and a sleeveless top and an old pair of crocs. Doesn't matter what splashes and I would never get caught wearing it outside, anyway. I'm too short to clean the tub from the outside, so I just climb in.
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Old 09-30-2011, 04:37 AM   #27
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I'm tall, but even for me cleaning the tub from the outside can be back-breaking. I did buy one of those nylon scrubbers with an extendable handle, and it is perfect.
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:10 AM   #28
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I learned early on to turn off the web cam feature on the computer. I have many pairs of scrubs that I wear around the house--doesn't matter if I get bleach/paint on those.

I have a Shark steamer. I use that for the shower. It is great. I also love my steam-n-vac for the floors and my Roomba for vacuuming. Can you tell I hate cleaning?
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Old 09-30-2011, 06:24 AM   #29
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I hate cleaning too, CWS, but pain is the main reason now.

Why do they make brooms with 4' handles? You have to bend over in such a painful way to use them.

That's why I've now got a steam mop and a little featherweight stick vacuum. No bending, just swing my arm back and forth.
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I hate cleaning too, CWS, but pain is the main reason now.

Why do they make brooms with 4' handles? You have to bend over in such a painful way to use them.

That's why I've now got a steam mop and a little featherweight stick vacuum. No bending, just swing my arm back and forth.
Because they're made in countries where only women clean house, and those women are rarely much over 5' tall. I'm tall (5'9") and wish I could beat someone to death with those short handles. I have to wonder? Do the same people who contract for those short-handled mops and brooms also sell Motrin? Because they sure as heck have me coming and going!
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