Deep cleaning your kitchen efficiently and effectively keeps germs away.
Yes, that's true! Kitchens contain more germs than any other room in your house! In fact, there was a germ study done by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) in which families swabbed 30 everyday household items ranging from kitchen surfaces to cell phones to pet items in order to measure contamination levels of yeast, mold and coliform bacteria (a family of bacteria that includes Salmonella and E. coli). *
This same study (2011) revealed that three of the top five germ hot spots in the home actually were in the kitchen. Additionally, researchers suggest that about 9% of food borne illness outbreaks occur in the home and it’s almost impossible to tell where the bacteria may live with the naked eye.
In fact, germs and bacteria can live on countertops, cabinets, knobs, pulls and faucets, sinks, the grooves between tiles, and many, many other places throughout your kitchen.
As you may already know, bacteria and other germs grow in moist conditions and can be transferred from one surface to another by hands, sponges, dish towels, etc.
- Remove all items from kitchen surface and pre-clean surfaces prior to treatment.
- Spray 6-8 inches from entire kitchen surface with a disinfectant cleaner like ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant until visibly wet.
- Let stand 10 minutes to kill 99.999% of bacteria and 99.9% of viruses and other harmful organisms living on kitchen surfaces.
- Wiping or rinsing is optional.
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Those are two questions which seem to deter some people from deep cleaning their kitchen. It often seems like such a large and time-consuming task. However, we found it may be easier if you break things down and have a game plan.
First, make sure to set time aside and schedule the deep clean in your calendar. We suggest scheduling at least a 4 hour block of time to dedicate yourself to rid your kitchen from harmful bacteria, mold, germs, and visruses.
The next step is to get your supplies in order.
We suggest using ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant to clean, sanitize, deodorize AND disinfect your kitchen.
That's all you need - it's all in one convenient, ready to use, spray bottle.
Below is a list of areas and tips to deep clean your kitchen.
1. Deep clean kitchen cabinets.
Spray and wash down both the inside and outside of cabinets. Remove items, spray, and wipe down shelves. Now is a great time to reorganize your cabinets. Don't forget to spray the cabinet handles, pulls or knobs.
Spray and clean out any drawers in the same manner; remove items, preclean (if necessary), spray ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant until visibly wet, let stand, then wipe (optional).
2. Deep clean your sink, faucets, drains and backsplashes.
Deep clean your sinks, faucets, drains, and backsplashes. We also recommend deep cleaning the small crevices around the sink, faucet, drain etc., where stubborn germs linger. If you have a garbage disposal, now is the time to pour ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant down the disposal to deodorize and freshen the drain. Another tip, put ice cubes through the disposal to sharpen the blades.
3. The dishwasher.
Next step, the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher empty of dishes - try adding 1/2 cup of ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant and then run it. If your dishwasher has a food trap in the bottom, clean it out thoroughly then spray the entire surface with ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant then let stand 10 minutes (to be sure to kill lingering living microorganisms). Spray the inside of the dishwasher door as well. Spray down the dishwasher door rims and, of course the outside of the dishwasher.
Turn to the appliances next. Unplug all appliances first. Spray down and clean the toaster, blender, microwave, and other small appliances with ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant. If the spills in the microwave are fossilized, bring a water-filled cup to boiling in the microwave. The steam should help loosen the gunk. If the microwave smells bad, spray ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant throughout the microwave and let stand. Wipe away any leftover formula. This will not only clean and sanitize the microwave, but it will deodorize the appliance, also. Do not forget to clean the turntable.
The oven and refrigerator are large appliances to tackle next. Apply oven cleaner to the oven and as it does its magic, get started on the refrigerator. Leave the windows in the kitchen open to avoid the overpowering smell from the oven cleaner. Sort through the freezer and refrigerator. Throw out any expired food, empty containers, and the like. Remove all items to the counter and take out the refrigerator shelves and drawers. Spray them down with ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant as well as the entire inside of the refrigerator. If you have a fresh box of baking soda, open it, and leave it in your refrigerator to keep odors at bay.
Now, return to the oven, to spray and wipe away grease and residue. Be sure to follow the directions on the oven cleaner. Of course, the stove is also a germ, grease and grime catcher. Take off knobs, burners, burner covers, and spill catchers and follow the owner's manual for information on cleaning methods for your model. Be mindful of the best ways to clean a cooktop, gas burners, electric burners, and a range hood.
Kitchen walls should also be sprayed down and cleaned for a deep cleaning, freshly scented kitchen. Spray ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant until visibly wet, let stand, then wipe (optional).
Kitchen floors are next and should be swept nightly to prevent dust and grime build-up. Be sure to clean hard, non-porous floors with ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant. It's as easy as 1-2-3.
Answer: Yes! In fact, ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant kills 99.999% of bacteria and 9.99% of viruses when used as directed.
ArmiClenz™ Disinfectant was designed for use as a surface disinfectant and is registered with the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency). Please click here for more EPA Registration information.