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Nobody wants to get sick, but it’s usually pretty inevitable – especially for me, who has an immune system like a doily. But rather than just assume that at some point I’ll be buried under a mountain of tissues and crying into my soup three days in a row, I like to get a bit of a head start when it comes to keeping germs on the outside, where they belong.
I thought I would share some of the things we do to keep on top of it, starting with my favourite room in the house!
This is how we party in the kitchen:
CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO NOTBEINGSICKNESS
I like to keep the kitchen in reasonable shape and I do that with the help of this dish brush situation. I like that the head is replaceable, and that it’s made with all-natural recycled bristles, and a biodegradable bamboo handle. It also apparently can keep up pretty well with my daily kitchen assaults (unlike some other sorts of dish brushes I’ve tried that are beautiful but crumple like paper when faced with a cast iron frying pan).
I have a motley collection of tea towels that appear to do the job (and have just been given some proper grandma Irish linen from a lovely friend), and I bought a bunch of these dishcloths after seeing them on Jodi’s blog. They work like a charm, are affordable, and are 100% organic cotton. SCORE!
I usually just spray the benches with a concoction I make of vinegar, water, a squidge of dish soap and eucalyptus oil, but if I’m feeling fancy, I buy something that smells pretty. This multi-purpose spray and wipe is really good, and has the added bonus of being excellent on CRAYON-COVERED WALLS. Thank goodness. The method ones are also pleasantly scented.
These biodegradable bin bags for takin’ out the trash are also pretty rad, and good for the environment too. Win/win.
And for food storage/leftovers, I use Ball Mason jars (seriously, my collection is epic): these The 440ml (pint size) ones for juices, smoothies, small leftovers and all my preserving stuff, the larger 950ml (quart size) for larger leftovers, soups, storage (popcorn, nuts, lentils, that sort of thing, and the half-gallon/2L situation for flours, sugar, breadcrumbs, etc. I also have the little jam jars for bits of leftover sauce, fruit, and to feed the kids custard and yogurt in – they think it’s a party. Oh, and there was that time I couldn’t get any of my regular ones and instead bought a box of the 340ml quilted ones and ran out of them within a day. Cannot speak highly enough about them! I love the seals, they keep everything fresh, and I’m not using plastic containers or cling wrap.
Do you have a cleaning thingo you just love?