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If your kitchen brush is dirty, how can you be "cleaning" anything with it? A brush's bristles are the perfect place for bacteria and germs to hide and multiply, so let's make sure it is clean and safe to use!
- If your brush is a firm, solid heavy plastic brush you can simply place the brush in the top rack of the dishwasher and run it through on a sterilizing cycle with the rest of your dishes.
- If your brush has a wooden handle or is made of thin plastic that is inappropriate for washing in the dishwasher, run the brush (handle and bristles) under hot running water to remove any large particles of dirt, food or debris. Then use some dish soap to thoroughly remove any grease or sticky substances. Rinse brush under more hot running water.
- To sterilize the brush simply make a bleach and water solution to soak your brush. 3/4 of a cup of household bleach to 1 gallon of water is a good solution for sterilizing hard, non-porous surfaces and everyday items like brushes or even countertops or cutting boards. You can soak your brush for 10 minutes and be confident that it is sterile and ready to use.
- Chlorine bleach should only be used in a well-ventilated area. Use caution when working with chlorine bleach as it can irritate skin, lungs and eyes. Bleach (obviously) can remove color from clothes so make sure you do not accidentally splatter yourself with your sanitizing solution. Wear old clothes for housekeeping just to be on the safe side.
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