3 Tips To Keep Your Chopping Board Clean! – Cleaning Sunshine Coast

Chopping boards are undoubtedly one of the most used items in the kitchen, that’s why it’s important to clean your chopping boards correctly, as well as understanding how to avoid cross contamination when using them. From dicing raw meat to finely chopping herbs, there’s a fair chance that you aren’t really keeping safe and clean practices when using your chopping boards for food preparation. These unsafe and unhygienic practices allow harmful bacteria to spread, which can cause salmonella and e-coli. So if you wish to avoid a trip to the hospital due to a case of food poisoning, or if you are wanting to know how to clean these boards correctly, this post is for you. Before reading on, don’t forget to book  your clean in with the Sunshine Coast’s best cleaning service now!

 

Key Tips:

  1. Make sure you use different cutting boards for different types of foods: for example, red cutting boards for red meat, white cutting boards for fish and poultry, green for fruit/vegetables etc. This will help to avoid cross-contamination and will save you time on your food prep.
  2. When rinsing off your chopping boards, piping hot water is essential (tip: use water from kettle rather than the kitchen tap.)
  3. Once a week, use a bleach solution on your chopping boards to really disinfect and clean them.

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Now that we’ve got our main tips established, it’s time to move into HOW to clean your cutting boards… Remember it’s also HIGHLY important to have your whole kitchen cleaned and disinfected to stop harmful spread of germs and bacteria, and at Gleam and Glisten Cleaning we’ve got you covered for your kitchen and house cleaning needs on the Sunshine Coast.

 

Cleaning Your Chopping Boards:

When it comes time to clean your chopping boards, there a few steps and a few methods you can choose to follow:

  • For a quick and easy clean, using a bleach product is superior for killing all remaining germs and bacteria that weren’t killed from your simple dish soap and hot water clean. Just remember to read and follow the safety instructions listed on the bottle.
  • After every use, boiling water straight from the kettle and a good quality dish soap will do the trick.
  • Make sure to rinse and dry all your cutting boards with paper towels, rather than dishcloths, as dishcloths often have bacteria and germs from other kitchen utensils which can cause your chopping boards to become contaminated again- and believe me, you don’t want to have to clean your boards all over again.
  • Popping your boards into the dishwasher is always the easiest method, as the hot water reaches temperatures a kettle and hot water from the sink can’t reach. This will ensure that every last germ and every last bacteria is killed! Plus you don’t have to wash it yourself! (Just remember not to put your wooden boards in dishwasher, as it can cause them to warp).

 

Perhaps one of the most underdone cleaning practices, is sanitisation of cutting boards. To ensure that you are practicing hygienic methods in the kitchen, you should definitely be sanitising your chopping boards weekly. That’s right, weekly! So grab out your bleach and your cutting boards, and follow along for a quick way to sanitise your chopping boards:

  • For the most effective and efficient way to sanitise, you will need to soak your cutting boards in a solution of 1 tablespoon chlorine based bleach, to 1 gallon of water.
  • While they soak for 30 minutes, go pop on your fave crappy soap opera… let the bleach do the work for you (or give us a call for your cleaning needs on the Sunshine Coast)
  • Then, rinse your boards thoroughly to ensure that there’s no remaining residue, and allow to air dry upright on a rack.

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QUICK TIP:

If your chopping boards are starting to take on funny smells such as raw fish or garlic, rub half a lemon over the surface of the board and it will smell fresh again.

 

These following tips will help to prevent any potential food contamination problems:

  • Try to keep wooden cutting boards as sanitary as possible (every few months use beeswax or mineral oil to treat the surface of these boards, as it forms a protective barrier, helping to stop food contamination)
  • Use hard rubber or acrylic boards as they are considered to be more hygienic than other types of chopping boards (hence why they are used in restaurant kitchens)
  • Use different CLEAN chopping boards for different types of food (eg: one for raw meat, one for poulrty and fish, one for veggies and fruit etc)
  • Label or colour code these boards so that you can remember which boards are used for what foods
  • And lastly, dispose of any chopping boards that look particularly cracked, dirty or have scratches. Just like anything else in the kitchen, cutting boards have a use by date.

We hope that these tips help with you and your family’s food safety in the kitchen. Please remember that we can help give your kitchen a deep and detailed clean to ensure that a hygienic environment is kept all year round! We are the Sunshine Coast’s No1 cleaning service, so if you haven’t done so already, please feel free to book a clean by calling 0468860245.

Attention All Clean Freaks: Top 6 Clever Cleaning Tips of All Time

We all know that utterly exhausting and exasperating  feeling when you come home from a long day at work to find your humble abode in all sorts of a horrible mess. After a busy day, you deserve nothing more than to kick up your feet and relax in the cleanliness of your own home.

People say that a clean and spotless home is a sign of a healthy and happy lifestyle, however too often house cleaning can just become a drawn out and tedious job! And honestly, feeling great about your home is something you want, however having an extra 4-8 hours per week to do a thorough clean is often quite a challenge.

Luckily for you lot, we have come up with a list of 6 cleaning tips to make your life easier and your home that lil’ extra bit cleaner! So neat freaks, read on for some amazing tips (or you can just book in a our home cleaning services here).

 

  1. Greasy Stove Grates? Worry No-More!

 

Don’t worry about putting in that heavy elbow grease to remove all of the gunk on your stove grates. Simply soak them with a little touch of ammonia overnight or during the day, and they will come up looking fresh all over again!

  1. Gunky Grout Be Gone!

Gross tile grout in your shower is one of the most dissatisfying things to look at, and one of the hardest things to clean in your ENTIRE household. Mix ¼ cup of bleach with ¾ cup of baking soda to form a thick paste. Using an old tooth brush or a paint brush, apply the mixture to the dirty tile grout and allow it to work its magic for 10 minutes. Then, using a little bit of elbow grease, work the paste even deeper into the tile grout, allowing it to sit for a further 10 minutes and then rinsing. Voila! Just wait for the grout to dry and you will be amazed with the results!

     3. Pesky Blind Dust

Mix some vinegar and water in a bucket and grab an old cloth, socks or undies and dip into the vinegar/water mixture, wiping down every individual slat. Use a different cloth to dry the slats after wiping over with the solution.

  1. Eliminating Water Spots from Your Kitchen Sink

Using a little bit of dish detergent and some warm water, wipe faucets, handles and basin of sink with a cloth. For hard to reach areas, use an old toothbrush. Rinse with water, and if any water spots or other dirty marks remain, use some vinegar to wipe over them. Dry with a soft cloth or rag. There you have it! The key to a sparkling kitchen sink.

  1. Cleaning Your Toaster

There’s nothing worse than a sticky and greasy toaster, but luckily for all your clean freaks, all you need is some cream of tartar, and a lightly damp sponge. So, there you have it, a clean non-sticky toaster!

  1. Dusty Mess Whilst Cleaning Your Fan Blades? Scram Away!

We all hate it when dust goes EVERYWHERE (and yes it literally goes everywhere) whilst cleaning your ceiling fan blades.. So to prevent this happening, simply grab an old pillowcase and slip it over each blade, the pillowcase will catch all of the dust!

We know the business of life often takes over, so these super quick and easy cleaning tips will make your life easier, whether you have enough time to do a proper clean of your house or not. Now, watch your home go from 0-100 in minutes! (Or use us for the best house cleaning service on the Sunshine Coast, for all your cleaning needs).

4 Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Keeping your kitchen clean is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also plays an integral role in preventing the harmful spread of bacteria and germs, which ultimately keep you and your family safe…. So what are you waiting for? Don’t let the family of grease living on your kitchen bench, run your life (and kitchen) anymore.

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Reason #1: Saving you Food Costs:

Maintaining the food that you have in your fridge can help to reduce food spoilage. For example, have you noticed that when one potato goes off in your crisper, that all the other potatoes go off shortly afterwards? To prevent a spread like this you should throw away all spoilt food immediately, so that all remaining food does not go off also. Vegetables such as potatoes, pumpkin and onions should always be kept separately to other foods to stop the spreading of naturally occurring gasses in these vegetables, called ethylene gas which causes them to turn quickly.

 

Reason #2: Safety:

Who doesn’t love a clean kitchen; it looks beautiful and it makes you feel good! However, a clean kitchen isn’t just about the aesthetic benefits, it’s also about keeping your kitchen safe too. With the combination of electricity, extreme heat and sharp utensils all in one room, keeping an area clean has never been more important. So, clean up that bubbly you drunkenly spilt on the floor last night, to prevent someone else slipping over; and make sure to wipe up that grease splattered on the stove top from the steak you just cooked, to  stop a fire from starting. Don’t be that person who has to go to the emergency room due to a silly kitchen mishap, so please, just keep your kitchen clean!

 

Reason #3: Saving You Embarrassment:

They aren’t wrong when they say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Whether you like it or not, the kitchen is always full, including when your friends come over for the weekly dinner party. This is why it doesn’t surprise you that all your friends gravitate towards having a drink or two in the kitchen, rather than hanging around your living room. So before your Mum in law keeps bringing up the time she opened up your kitchen cabinet, and a cockroach flew out and hit her in the face, simply keep a clean kitchen. Come on? 10 minutes a day ensuring your benches are looking beautiful can’t be that hard?

 

Reason #4: Save you (and your family) from the adverse use of harsh chemicals.

It’s easy to think that you have to bring in the big guns when things get dirty. The reason why cleaning agents used in the kitchen kills germs so easily, is due to the harsh and concentrated chemicals that are within them. Oh, and not to mention, most of the time, these chemicals leave a trail of residue behind, making your kitchen look like a greasy oil slick, even though you just cleaned it. Although we might think it, as humans, we aren’t actually safe from the detrimental biological effects these harsh cleaning agents have on our health. So let’s at least try and minimise HOW MUCH of these products you’re using. With regular maintenance, you can limit the amount of product you use, whether you choose to go with green cleaning products, or the more powerful type of cleaning agents. If you’ve ever spent a weekend of heavy-duty cleaning only to have your home smell like you’re preparing a chemical stew, you know what we mean.

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Don’t worry, a few crumbs here and there is nothing to obsess about, simply 10 minutes a day can save you a whole weekend of pain. Or if you would rather, we offer kitchen cleans in our house cleaning services. Book Now

Why You Should Clean Your Airconditioner

With summer approaching and the use of air conditioning increasing, here are some reasons you should keep your aircon system clean! Air conditioners are a wonderful invention to help us keep cool during hot days/nights. However, air conditioners build up a lot of dust overtime and if they aren’t cleaned, it doesn’t make for a healthy home or an efficient air conditioner.

Airconditioners that are filled with dust aren’t only damaging to you and your family’s health, but is also damaging to your air conditioning system! So let’s get into it…With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat absorbing capacity.

 

Clean aircon = a healthy environment. Dirty aircon = harmful environment. Keeping your aircon clean is not only beneficial $$$ wise, but is also beneficial health wise. Allergies and asthma are often worsened by dirty aircons. Many symptoms of these aircon induced allergies, include; headaches; sneezing; coughing and; skin irritations.


As aircon is often used as a cooling method for hot air, it causes a lot of moisture and condensation. Undoubtedly, this makes your aircon unit a breeding ground for fungi and microorganisms, which can cause these symptoms.

 

Steve Beeler, president of RSC air conditioning and heating says The indoor section of an air conditioning unit creates condensation all summer long when the air conditioning unit runs, and is a prime catalyst for mold and mildew growth, as the system lays dormant over winter, the mold can spread and grow and, if not cleaned properly, can create respiratory problems and what some people refer to as a ‘dirty sock odor.’ The blower wheel and motor also can become dust covered, which is a food source for mold to thrive.” That’s why it’s recommended that you get your air conditioner cleaned professionally at least once a year, to stop this harmful growth of mould and bacteria (Time.com, 2015).

Another one of the benefits of cleaning your aircon, is power efficiency. For your aircon unit to function efficiently and effectively, routine maintenance on aircon filters, fins and coils is essential. If regular maintenance is neglected, energy use increases and your aircon’s performance will decrease (Energy.gov, 2017). By far the easiest maintenance task you can do for your aircon, is cleaning its’ filters. Without cleaning your filters at least once a month, your air conditioner will become blocked with dirt, reducing normal airflow which reduces the unit’s efficiency. By simply removing these and giving them a quick vacuum monthly, it can lower your aircon’s energy consumption by 5-15%. If you still don’t feel like cleaning your aircon, give us a call, we can do it for you. Book Now

How To Clean Your Iron

Although ironing may not be your favourite task to do, keeping a clean iron will make this chore a whole lot easier. Mineral deposit build ups from water and the starch you spray on your clothes, often leave a gunky residue on the plate of the iron. If done so regularly, irons are easy to clean.

Choosing the perfect iron for you largely depends on what you use your iron for. For some people (such as seamstresses), an iron can cost up to $800, and for others, ironing isn’t a common thing, meaning a cheaper $10 alternative is more appropriate. So, whether you have a $15 or $600 iron, it’s still important to clean your iron, to prevent damage to your clothing. So what are you waiting for? Follow our tips below, to get your iron looking and working like new again:

  1. Mix Water and Baking Soda: Make a paste combining 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water.
  2. Apply Water & Baking Soda Paste to Iron: Use either a spatula or any other utensil that has a flat surface, spreading the paste onto any areas that have mineral deposits.
  3. Wipe the iron clean: with a damp cloth or sponge, wipe the paste off.
  4. Steam Holes:Dip a q-tip into distilled water and insert into iron’s steam holes.
  5. Re-fill the water reservoir and pour distilled water into the reservoir until it’s ⅓ full. (If a stronger solution is required, mix ¼ cup of white vinegar with ¾ cup of distilled water).
  6. Turn off steam.
  7. Then, turn iron onto its highest setting and steam-iron a clean cloth for a few minutes (this lets the clean water flush out any remaining mineral deposits from the vents).
  8. After this has been completed, pour out the distilled water solution.
  9. Allow the iron to sit (preferably on kitchen sink/bench as any residual sediment may fall out).

So there you have it! You will have a clean iron in no time!