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Your whirlpool bathtub could make you sick

Imagine after a hard day at work the kids are fed and asleep for the night. You draw the water in your whirlpool bathtub in anticipation of a relaxing soak. The mood is perfect. Well I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I do want to make you aware of some possible health risks. It turns out the place you clean yourself might not be so clean. A recent study at Texas A&M by microbiologist Rita Moyes tested 43 water samples from whirlpool bathtubs. She found that all had mild to  dangerous levels of bacterial growth. Almost all showed bacteria from fecal matter, 81% showed fungi, and 34% tested positive for staph bacteria. The reason is the water lurking in the tubs pipes feeding the jets. When you shut the jets off, and drain your tub some water remains in the pipes. You have warm water with bacteria from your body in a dark place with no air movement. A perfect incubator for all manner of nasty bacteria to reproduce. It stays in the pipes until the next time you fill your tub in anticipation of a relaxing soak. When you turn on the jets it spews the stagnant water from the pipes into the tub with you.

Experts recommend adding a cup of bleach to the water in the tub before you drain it, and turning the jets on. This will circulate bleach water throughout the tubs system. Of course you do this after you’ve stepped out of the tub.  Wipe your tub dry after you drain it. Then spray the inside with a disinfectant spray, or foaming disinfectant cleaner.

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How to eliminate germs in your home

Did you know your toilet may have less harmful bacteria than your kitchen sink. Food particles left on plates to soak, or rinsed off the plates become a fertile breeding ground for bacteria. Having a garbage disposal gives those crumbs, and pieces of food an area to become lodged. Your drain plug at the bottom of the sink is a favorite repository for unwanted critters. If you use your sink to prepare ground beef or poultry salmonella and ecoli is often present. If you think about it we normally just rinse the sink when we’re done using it. We normally clean our toilets with a bowl cleaner that’s also a disinfectant. It’s no big surprise your kitchen sink could be harboring some nasty  germs. You can remedy this situation by cleaning your sink thoroughly with hot soapy water after each use. In addition a bleach, and water mixture, or a disinfectant diluted will kill any germs lurking in your garbage disposal. Lastly don’t forget to wash your drain plug, and drain at the bottom of the sink.

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The Myth and Mystery of Home Made Cleaning Products

I’d like to discuss the use of bleach as a cleaning product. I’ve had many people tell me they use it to clean. I’m going to explain what bleach will do, and what it won’t do. First of all bleach is an oxidizing agent. It’s most commonly used in laundry to brighten your whites. When used in the laundry, detergent is still added to the load along with the bleach. The reason for this is detergent cleans, and bleach does not. Bleach has no chemical surfactants to lift dirt from a surface. So all you folks using a bleach , and water solution to clean are not accomplishing much.

Now I’ll share with you some other uses for bleach that do work. First of all bleach can be used as a disinfectant. I believe it’s still officially recognized as such by the Center for Disease Control. Mixed with water and mopped on the floor, or wiped on a surface it will kill a broad range of germs. It looses it effectiveness in water after a short time so you want to use the solution fairly soon. Bleach can be used to eliminate mold, and mildew. Again mix it with water, and apply it to the surface. Just remember mold and mildew occur in dark, damp conditions with little air movement. If you don’t eliminate these conditions it will return. Another way I’ve seen bleach used effectively is in meat room sanitation. After cleaning the meatroom with a good food service degreaser, I’ve known people who use a bleach, and water mixture to sanitize the room.

In closing bleach was designed as an oxidizing agent for use in laundry which it does very well. There are great commercial products available to disinfect, sanitize meat rooms, and kill mold. All of these products will do a better job than bleach. I’d love to hear your feedback on this topic.

                                                   Aunt Patti

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Pet odors on concrete floors

Twice in the last week I’ve had customers come to me with pet odor problems, and for a change it didn’t involve carpet. The one gentleman bought a house where the previous owner had locked the dogs in the basement while he went to work. The dogs relieved themselves on the concrete when the urge arose. I imagine this had gone on for some time. The new owner had scrubbed the floor repeatedly but the odor would come back.

I was able to help him and I’ll share the solution with you. First of all let me explain why just cleaning it didn’t work. The dog waste had soaked into the unsealed concrete floor over a long period of time, and the smell was coming from inside the concrete. I sold the man a gallon of a hospital grade disinfectant/cleaner. The floor surface was already clean from repeated scrubbings, so I told him to dilute this product one ounce to a gallon of water and spray the floor completely. He needed to do this for a minimum of a week to kill the bacteria causing the odors in the floor. Now I know someone reading this will say to themselves if an ounce to a gallon is good more has to be better. My advise is don’t do it. It won’t kill  bacteria faster, and you’ll be wasting money.

Now what to do with the left over disinfectant/cleaner. Mix it up in spray bottles and use it to clean the sinks in the bathroom. Spray it on doorknobs, toilet handles, or any surface people touch. It’ll really help cut down on the spread of colds and flu. The best part is you can order this product from www.askauntpatti.com . The product is Arena disinfectant.

Aunt Patti

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