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Old 08-01-2012, 09:32 AM   #11
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Clean towels every night, towels in the sink with bleach every night, towels in the DW every night.

The used towels go in the sink with bleach THEN into the DW? Do you then wash them in the washing machine after that?


You have rituals for sure. I just clean up after myself occasionally.
Other than the utensil container and knife block, I don't keep anything on my countertops. So, wiping those down is easy <g>.

I don't bleach the towels, I just replace them. They go in the washer. I bleach the dish cloths every other day (my mother does them every night--I'm going to introduce the "wash them in the DW" trick next time I'm there). The dish cloths go in the DW on the off nights. I replace the dish cloths 1x/week and run the soiled ones through the washer. You think I'm anal--a friend won't wash dish towels or dish cloths in the same load with underwear! And, puts sponges in the microwave every day for 30 seconds. I do put the nylon pot scrubber, bottle brush, etc. in the DW about once a week.
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Other than the utensil container and knife block, I don't keep anything on my countertops. So, wiping those down is easy <g>.
You know that knife blocks, can be a pretty filthy place, right?
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:39 AM   #13
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Other than the utensil container and knife block, I don't keep anything on my countertops. So, wiping those down is easy <g>.

I don't bleach the towels, I just replace them. They go in the washer. I bleach the dish cloths every other day (my mother does them every night--I'm going to introduce the "wash them in the DW" trick next time I'm there). The dish cloths go in the DW on the off nights. I replace the dish cloths 1x/week and run the soiled ones through the washer. You think I'm anal--a friend won't wash dish towels or dish cloths in the same load with underwear! And, puts sponges in the microwave every day for 30 seconds. I do put the nylon pot scrubber, bottle brush, etc. in the DW about once a week.

You listed the dish cloth and towel rituals as part of your nightly ritual. That made all the steps you listed as appearing anal.

I keep a spray bottle of bleach and water to spray all surfaces after handling meats, especially poultry.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:45 AM   #14
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You know that knife blocks, can be a pretty filthy place, right?
I know--you caught me--I have a spray bottle with bleach mix in it that I spray on the knife and wipe off before I use it. I want a magnetic strip for the knives, but don't have a place to put it near the stove...someday.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:48 AM   #15
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You listed the dish cloth and towel rituals as part of your nightly ritual. That made all the steps you listed as appearing anal.

I keep a spray bottle of bleach and water to spray all surfaces after handling meats, especially poultry.
I use one cutting board for meat and use it on the left-hand side of the sink, another for veggies and use it on the right-hand side of the sink. The stove is on the left-hand side, so I do all my meat prep close to the stove, all my veggie/fruit prep on the other side and wash my hands (up to my elbows!) when I move from one to the other, don't use the same knife for the veggies that I use for the meat. I put the appliances used for meat on the left-hand side (electric frying pan, etc.), appliances for veggies (e.g., the juicer) on the right-hand side so I stay on the appropriate side while prepping the ingredients.

In 2008, my mother contracted a rare bacterial infection and was in isolation in an infectious disease unit, on IV antibiotics daily for 12 weeks once she was released. I went to MN to care for her after she was released and really got into the practice of washing my hands constantly while in the kitchen and using dedicated cutting boards and knives. I also got in the habit of always closing the toilet lid before flushing at that time (no, there wasn't a toilet in the kitchen or near the kitchen, but that was another thing we were told to do after she was released).

I bleach both cutting boards after I've used them. My cutting boards are "homemade" from hardwood flooring cut offs. I can make more of those...there is plenty of hardwood to use for cutting boards. The cutting board that fits over the sinks is used only for veggies/fruit. I sealed it with Watco butcherblock food-safe sealant. And, I only use it when I'm processing veggies for freezing or canning.

FWIW, my brother adheres to almost the same rituals re: daily kitchen clean up. Except, he doesn't do the kitchen floor every day. But, he does the one side of the sink for meat prep, the other for produce, scours the sinks, and refreshes the dish cloths in bleach every night.
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I do try hard to keep my kitchen clean, but it is NOT as clean as yours, C-Dub. And right now it is a disaster!!

Full of tomatoes and canning supplies, and I had a meeting last night til late, so yesterday's mess is still there waiting for me. Ah, well, it will get a good cleaning as soon as the tomatoes stop producing. Then, I will scrub all the little tomato splats off the walls, take a nylon scrubby to the outside of the pressure cooker and the stove top, and put all the canning stuff back in the top of the bedroom closet. In the meantime, we eat in the dining room, or on the porch, and I try not to agonize about the clutter.

The pool is much cleaner than the kitchen, right now. :)
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The subject line probably should have been kitchen hygiene...SG, it does get a bit tricky when the produce exceeds the # of hours in the day one has to process it all...tomatoes are just turning now...all heck will break out when I start hauling wheelbarrows of tomatoes home from the farm...
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I dont exactly have a ritual, I just make sure everything is clean always. I am kind of anal about my kitchen, more so then the rest of the house. I had a cousin who had a very dirty kitchen and my brother and I would attempt to find out which dish she had cooked at the family reunions so we could avoid it. I understand that someone with a clean kitchen can refuse to wash their hands etc... but it was just the thought of it. I dont ever want anyone to think that I am dirty where they will be eating, when I cook or even to put the thought in their head when they come over!
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I am certainly clean in the kitchen, and mindful of cross contamination and other hazards, but humans have made it pretty far without being meticulous, clean freaks. In an industrial setting, the chances are far greater that something could go wrong, just because of the volumes of food, and more people handling it.
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I am certainly clean in the kitchen, and mindful of cross contamination and other hazards, but humans have made it pretty far without being meticulous, clean freaks. In an industrial setting, the chances are far greater that something could go wrong, just because of the volumes of food, and more people handling it.
I am definitely not a clean freak--ask the DH! I am, however, anal about the kitchen (and, to a certain extent, the bathroom). I live with hairy, drooly dogs (well, now I only have one full-time, but I've had as many as 7 Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands in this 1300-sq ft house). I taught all the dogs the command "whoosh" to move them out of the kitchen (it is too small for dogs to be in it). The added dog hair, drool, and dirt is why I got the "cleaning aids" (steamers, IRoomba) because I could not keep the house clean unless I spent every day cleaning. It would take me 8 hours to get the drool and dog dirt off the walls in the back entrance (or, as a real estate agent would call it, the mudroom). With the steamer, it takes me 1.5 hours. Anyway, I couldn't keep the house clean. It was a never-ending battle. Now, it is much easier and having the cleaning aids makes a big difference. But, the kitchen rituals were taught to me by mother and habits die hard!
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