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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Zapping Germs

When I was cleaning the kitchen after preparing the easiest lunch ever (thick slices of cucumber and veggie dip and yogurt) I rinsed out the washcloth and tossed it in the microwave for two minutes on high like I always do because it works for me!
After washing dishes, or counters, or table and chairs and high chairs, or messy kid faces, what-have-you,

rinse your washcloth well, 
wring it out,
and toss it in the microwave for 2 minutes on high.

That will kill 99.9999% of bacteria on it. 

Afterwards you can hang it to dry on a towel rack or the handle of your oven door and reuse it.

Or hang it on the side of the laundry hamper, bag, basket to dry and throw in with your load of towels.  If you used it to clean up raw meat juices, definitely do not reuse until you launder it.

Please don't throw your wet towels in with other laundry or towels waiting to be washed.  They will mildew.  You may not see it, but you can smell it.  And even after they're washed, the mildew is still there.  It's so gross to go to someone's house, dry your hands on a seemingly clean dry towel to discover then your hands smell like sour mildew.






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9 comments:

Lisa said...

my gosh...why have I never heard of that before? That has got to be the coolest thing ever! Here I've been pre-rinsing and bleaching all my dishrags, then washing them twice as well, to get rid of the nasty bacteria that make them smell so awful...and all I had to do was nuke it? suh-weet! I'm going to go do that RIGHT NOW.

Olivia said...

Great tip! I'll definitely use this and my husband will be SO happy! He hates that mildewy smell.
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JoMamma said...

I love that tip. I hate having a hand towel out and not know how many times it's been used so I grab another one. I love it and I am going to start doing it right now. Yes right now I will microwave my first hand towel.

Momza said...

Great TIP!!! I will do it!!!!!
Thanks Nikki!!

Amy said...

Why have I not known to do this???? This is brilliant. Great tip! Thanks!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great tip.....A night of blog hopping....Hope you will stop by and visit me....Enjoyed reading your blog tonight...

Teresa
http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package said...

That's a great tip! Thanks so much! I never thought of this.

Feywriter said...

Great to know! I will start nuking my washcloths from now on.

Jocelyn Christensen said...

This is a great tip...but I guess that means I'd have to clean my microwave out once in a while! I found you on MMB...come see me at http://beinglds.blogspot.com

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