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Guest Post by Nancy about Germs, Yuck!

I am very happy to have Nancy posting today about something we each have in our houses {especially in our kitchens!}.  Be sure to take the quick hop over to her site to find tons of great homemaking tips and advice!  For those of you visiting from Nancy's blog, Welcome!  Take a moment to look around and you will find a variety of craft ideas, how-to's, and links here at The Spunky Diva to explore.

How To Homemaker


Hi Friends,

I'm Nancy Jacobs from How To Homemaker and I'm glad to be blogging with you today. I'm a married stay at home mother of three busy teenage children. I love teaching and have done some form of it all my life. That is why How To Homemaker came into existence. I give 'how to' tips almost daily on cooking, cleaning, gardening and all things related to homemaking. I even throw in recipes and crafts.

Today I want to talk to you about germs.  I'm not a germ-a-phobe, but I think it just makes sense to use some precaution as well as good hand washing.  As parents, we need to teach our little kiddos how to wash at the sink properly.  Kids should soap up for the length of time that it takes to sing the ABC's twice or Happy Birthday twice.  It is a great way to teach the youngest in our families their ABC's.

There are many germy places and the first I want to mention is shopping cart handles.  When my kids were little and sat in the cart, they didn't have the disinfectant wipes available like they do today.  Use them.  It also goes to say, be sure to wash your hands after putting the groceries away.  Have you ever been to the restroom in the grocery store to see one of the workers leave and not wash up?  Yuck!

Your cutting board.  Use one side for meat and the other side for vegetables.  Better yet, have two different cutting boards on hand.  Wipe with warm sudsy water after using.  Then spray the board with a mixture of 1 pint of water to 2 Tablespoons bleach.  Let the bleach mixture sit on the cutting board for 5 minutes and then wash again with warm sudsy water.

Your kitchen sink has plenty of germs.  Be sure you change out your dish rag or sponge daily.

Don't sit your purse on the table or on your kitchen counter.  Where was your purse sitting before you put it on your table?

Other places to think about in your home:  computer keyboards, telephones and cell phones, door handles, light switches and stair rails.  I have learned that after the kids go to school for the first week in the fall, it is in my and my children's best interest to go around and hit all these places with a Clorox wipe.  I also wipe these things down again when anyone comes down with a cold.

Places outside the home to consider besides shopping carts:  ATM keys, hotel remotes, pens at the bank that are attached to the counter with a beaded chain, and first floor elevator buttons are laden with germs.

Like I said earlier, I don't consider myself a germ-a-phobe.  I just think good hand washing before eating makes sense.  It is also good to teach your children not to suck their thumbs or bite their fingernails, a very hard task that can be though. (Sometimes I catch myself biting my nails.)  I also keep a container of antibacterial wipes in our vehicles.  There are times when we must make the quick run through a drive through.  That is when I pass out the wipes so the kids can scrub a little before eating.  When in the car and I use the wipes myself, I also make sure to wipe down the steering wheel.  Remember, I was just pushing that grocery shopping cart before getting in the car.

So thanks Kimberlee for letting me guest post here.  I hope your readers will take a moment to pop over to How To Homemaker and say hello.  It's always nice to meet new friends!

Comments

  1. Thanks for the comment on my blog about the potatoes. I think you could make them ahead of time in muffin tins and then cover them. I would also add some cooking time and maybe even soften the potatoes in the microwave before you slice them. That might make them cook a little faster.
    Good Luck and let me know how it goes.

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  2. Hi Kimberlee,
    Just a note of thanks for letting me do a guest post on your blog. You're the best!
    Nancy
    http://www.howtohomemaker.com/

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