May 20, 2013 : Staying safe this summer

Staying safe this summer

Memorial Day is almost here, which means that summer time is just around the corner. As spring showers give way to warmer temperatures, families are bound to spend more time outside enjoying barbecues, beaches, biking, and all of the other activities that summer time has to offer. Make sure that this summer you and your kids don’t miss out on any great chances to learn and explore in the great outdoors by arming yourself with some Sani-Hands for Kids and a few simple rules.

If you take your children to the park or beach, make sure that you clean their hands when play time is over. Sand and sandboxes can contain animal droppings from different kinds and sizes of creatures. While you may not be able to see the droppings of smaller animals, they are still filled with microorganisms that can potentially make a child sick.

If you don’t live in a moderately or heavily wooded area, you may be unaware of the dangers presented by ticks. Vacationers can often find themselves returning home from camping trips carrying a few extra guests into their home in the forms of these small disease transmitting parasitic arachnids. Make sure that you and your family are aware of what common symptoms of Lyme disease are and what a tick looks like, also make sure that any animals who have access to the outdoors are also frequently checked since they cannot verbally communicate that they may have one in the same way a human can.

Sunscreen is a must if you are planning on spending any time at all outdoors. If you are outdoors on a sunny day, you and your kids are likely to be fairly active and possibly even take a dip in the pool. Make sure that the sunscreen you choose on days such as this is both sweat-proof and won’t come off in the water. Also be sure to reapply sunscreen every few hours in order to make sure that your skin is fully protected from the sun’s harmful rays. Always follow directions for use found on the sun screen container.

All of this time spent outdoors is likely to lead to an increased chance of exposure to both wild and domesticated animals. While most animals are perfectly happy and healthy, some (including domestic amphibians such as pet frogs) may be harboring salmonella. After being outdoors or handling your pets, be sure to wash your hands. When soap and water are not available for washing your hands, it is important to keep hand sanitizing wipes accessible in order to help prevent the spread of this disease.

We will continue to update our blog throughout the summer with safety tips for you and your family, be sure to check back and be sure to enjoy your summer!




April 15, 2013 : Safe Food Handling

Safe Food Handling

SAFE FOOD HANDLING

safe food handlingAlthough many microorganisms are harmless, some can cause food to spoil, which would make it look, smell, or taste bad. Microorganisms also cause food poisoning, but these microorganisms cannot always be detected by the look, smell or taste of the food.

The idea that the food on the dinner table can make someone sick may be disturbing, but there are steps you can take to protect your family and dinner guests. It's just a matter of following basic rules of food safety. Washing your hands frequently is an easy way to keep microorganisms from spreading as you touch things. Wiping down food contact surfaces with Sani Wipes before preparing food will also help from spreading the germs.

Hand washing is only one step to ensure food safety. Cross contamination, the transfer of microorganisms from one item to another, can occur even before the food comes from the grocery store. The first thing to do once arriving at the grocery store is wipe down the handle of the cart with shopping cart sanitizer wipes To prevent microorganisms on raw meat from getting on produce in the shopping cart, put both produce and meat in separate plastic bags. When putting foods away in your refrigerator make certain you separate the meat from the produce. Frequently wiping down your storage bins in your refrigerator with Chef Prep cleaning wipes is another safeguard.

Cross contamination can occur if counter tops, utensils and cutting boards are not cleaned and sanitized between uses. Use your surface sanitizing wipes to clean these items before and after use.

Along with keeping utensils and the work area clean and sanitary, it is important to pay attention to your dish rag or sponge. These items are a sure source for spreading germs onto your kitchen counter tops and other food preparation areas. Keeping your dish rag or sponge sanitized will help eliminate the spreading of microorganisms. Washing these items in the dishwasher is another way to keep your kitchen and work area sanitary.

Rinsing your beef, chicken or pork in hot water prior to cooking will reduce pathogens that otherwise may cause food borne illnesses. Thorough cooking of chopped, ground or mixed foods, like ground meat or casseroles to recommended internal temperatures will help ensure safety.

To prevent contamination in the storage process, chill leftovers immediately after eating. Never let food cool at room temperature.

Nobody likes to get sick from food. Food spoilage and poisoning can easily be avoided with a few easy steps beginning with clean hands, clean food, clean sponges and dish rags and ending with clean utensils, dishes and cutting boards.




April 5, 2013 : Common Bacterias in Your Kitchen

Common Bacterias in Your Kitchen

 
 
Cleaning your kitchen thoroughly is a very difficult task to do. Germs and bacteria can go undetected to the naked eye,  and therefore can lurk in your kitchen without you even knowing. Among these bacteria’s that can be found on surfaces and appliances in kitchens are E. Coli, salmonella and listeria monoctyogenes, which are all also major causes of foodborne illness. 

So how prevalent are these germs?

CBS news recently reported on a study done by a nonprofit science organization, NSF International,  that had 20 volunteer families  swab 14 common kitchen items:  the blender, can opener, flatware storage tray, food storage containers with rubber seals, knife block, microwave keypad, pizza cutter, spatula, strainer and the refrigerator ice dispenser, water dispenser and meat and vegetable compartments.  Among these 14 common kitchen items they tested for four types of microorganisms: E. Coli, salmonella, yeast and mold, and listeria and found the following results:

25% of items tested contained E. coli bacteria.

25% of items tested contained salmonella.

100% of the items tested contained yeast and mold. 

10% of the items tested contained listeria.

Among these items, which ones where the “germiest”?

The report concluded that the six “germiest” items found in the kitchen were the refrigerator vegetable and meat compartments, blender gasket, can opener, rubber spatula and rubber-sealed food storage container. 

So, how do I kill these germs?

As already mentioned, germs and bacteria go undetected to the naked eye and therefore it is difficult to know whether something is clean or not. Therefore, the best thing to do is just assume that there are germs on your appliances and make sure that you clean the appliances before every use even if they appear clean.  Below is a list of a some ways to kill these germs: 

Dishwasher: Use a dishwasher for certian items like the pizza cutter, spatula, and food storage containers with rubber seals to ensure that the all of the germs are getting killed. Water has to be around 110 degrees Fahrenheit to kill germs, and therefore hand washing  these items will not sufficiently kill the germs. 

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions: Many people don’t realize that in order to clean an appliance properly, you need to disassemble the entire appliance. For instance, in order to kill all of the germs in a blender you need to remove the gasket and the rubber seal in order to thoroughly clean the blender. 

Disinfecting Wipes:  For items like the flatware storage tray, microwave keypad, and refrigerator meat and vegetable drawers, use disinfecting wipes regularly on them to kill the germs.  Begin by cleaning the surfaces off with water and soap (this will not kill the germs, but will just clean off any loose debris). Then, thoroughly disinfect them with disinfecting wipes like Sani-Cloth disenfecting wipes. Let them completely dry before putting the flatware, vegetable, or meat back into the storage units. 

Want to know what are other items in your house are covered in germs? Here is a list of the germiest places in your house. 



March 25, 2013 : Germiest Places in Your Home

Germiest Places in Your Home

It’s not quite time for spring cleaning yet, however its never too soon to start cleaning the dirtiest areas in your house. Recently, Good Housekeeping came out with a list of 10 germiest places in your home. Below we’ve listed the different objects and ways to clean them. 

1. Underside of Rugs: The underside of rugs collects dirt and dust. To clean, just flip the rug over and vacuum the underside.

2. Blinds: Blinds are a great for dust to cultivate. Cleaning blinds depends on what blinds are made of. For metal and wood blinds, use a sock that is lightly dampened in water, and for fabric blinds use a dry microfiber cloth. 
 
3. Credit Cards:   
These are used frequently and are touched by many people, therefore carrying many germs. Give debit and credit cards a cleaning with an alcohol wipe, like sani hands, and let them dry before putting them back in your wallet.
 
4. Kitchen Trash Can: Disinfect the trash can container and lid with a sani cloth disinfecting wipe. Wait until the trash can is completely dry before adding a new trash bag.

5. Plants: Plants within the home become covered with dust. Clean them off with a damp cloth.

6. Purse: Purses can become  covered in germs when placing them on surfaces such the floor of a restaurant, kitchen table or countertop. Spot clean them with detergent solution like Woolite.

7. Top of the Refrigerator: Dust loves to collect on top of the refrigerator. Make sure to wipe down the top and sides with a damp cloth and then disinfect the refrigerator with a sani cloth disinfecting wipe

8. Toothbrush Holder: Most convenient way to clean the holder is by washing it on the top rack of the dishwasher.
 
9. Vacuum Cleaner Brushes and Attachments: Use manual to find out the how-to. Clean off any carpet fibers or hairs tangled around the brush by using scissors. 

10. Yoga Mat: wipe away dirt marks and bacteria growth by hand cleaning it with warm water and soap. 



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