A Guide to Kitchen Disinfection

How to sanitize your kitchen safely and easily

Hi Home-Ec 101,I just read your article on Hydrogen Peroxide. I just love your website!I was wondering what you use to disinfect/sanitize your kitchen counters with. I am trying to find something natural and am having a hard time finding information on what actually kills bacteria, germs, etc.I read one way to kill bacteria/germs is to ...

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How to Use Bleach Safely

How to Use Bleach Safely

Heather says:I received a concerning email, yesterday, that made me realize it was time to send this post out again as a reminder.This is the first in our series on household chemicals.Over the past few years, I have gotten the impression that many people are using chlorine bleach¹ in an unsafe manner. Chlorine bleach aka sodium ...

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Garage Refrigerator / Freezers, Winter, and Your Food

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Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a refrigerator in my garage and for the last few weeks I have noticed the freezer isn't as cold as it should be. Should I be worried? More importantly, is the food safe? The vegetables seem a little soft. Sincerely, It's Frickin' Freezin' , Mr. BigglesworthHeather saysGarage refrigerators can be very useful for ...

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Is Vinegar an Acceptably Safe Alternative for Chlorine Bleach when Disinfecting

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Dear Home Ec 101,Can one substitute vinegar -lots of it- for the bleach when cleaning and disinfecting? I can't be around bleach, it triggers SEVERE migraines.Signed, Pickled in PickensHeather says:There are certain times where I am reluctant to give a hard answer. In our litigious climate, I'm sure you can understand my ...

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Learn Your Refrigerator’s Zones for Optimal Food Storage

learn your refrigerator's zones

Dear Home-Ec 101, I need help!  I like my milk very, very cold, so the temperature in my fridge is very low (38 degrees), but my produce keeps freezing.  I do keep some produce in the produce drawers, and some I put on the top shelf to see if that worked better, and the jury is still out on that one.  Some things did better and some did not.  How ...

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