How to Disinfect Kitchen Countertops
Did you know that one bacteria can multiply into more than 8 million in less than 24 hours? That means your countertop can quickly become a bacterial breeding ground for E. Coli, Salmonella, cold, flu and more.
It's common knowledge that you need to disinfect your kitchen counter after handling raw meat or eggs, but a quick swipe with a paper towel or wipe isn't going to get the surface properly clean or disinfected. 77% of sponges contain dangerous bacteria*, so those aren't going to work, either.
A twice-weekly disinfecting schedule is recommended in addition to a daily cleaning schedule, as well as immediate spot disinfecting after any use of raw meat, eggs or dairy products. People commonly use disinfecting wipes because they seem convenient, but they often require that surfaces remain wet for up to 10 minutes in order to be effective, and keeping a surface wet with disinfecting wipes can be more difficult than you might think. Many of them contain alcohol, which can cause the liquid to dry quickly. This can make it difficult to keep the surface wet without re-wiping multiple times, resulting in a potential waste of both time and money.
A fast-acting spray-application disinfectant will allow you to disinfect the hard-to-reach areas that wipes can't, and ensures that the surface remains wet the proper time so germs are, in fact, killed. Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner eliminates cold, flu, E. Coli, Salmonella, Staph and other illness-causing bacteria in 2 minutes or less, remaining wet and active on hard, non-porous surfaces long enough to do its intended job.
Remove any countertop appliances, food items or utensils before disinfecting.
- Remove any crumbs or visible build-up.
- Spray the counter with Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner until it is covered with the product. Be sure the cleaner reaches under the overhang of the countertops, as well as up the backsplashes. Allow surface to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes (see label for complete list of kill times). No scrubbing necessary.
- Wipe dry with a clean cloth or allow to air dry. For surfaces which will come in contact with food, rinse thoroughly with clean water and wipe dry or allow to air dry.
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