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To not wipe worktops every day?

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fascinated · 30/11/2019 21:14

Just that, really.

Prompted by the d&v thread. Obviously if I’ve cut meat or esp chicken on them they get wiped with washing up liquid, but I don’t shine em, bleach em, or antibac them ever. They get a rub down with regular washing up liquid when they look dirty. Can be days! Minger?

How often do you wipe them?

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LoisLittsLover · 30/11/2019 21:16

I use chopping boards so every 2/3 days really as nothing particularly goes on them. Spills would be wiped straight away


cardibach · 30/11/2019 21:17

I only wipe where I’ve made a mess most days. Wipe them all when I clean the kitchen properly (no more than once a week, usually less).


Anoisagusaris · 30/11/2019 21:18

I use chopping boards but still have to wipe the counter several times a day. I don’t do a fancy polishing job though, just spray or washing up liquid and hot water.


Inforthelonghaul · 30/11/2019 21:20

Don’t have fancy worktops so no shining required but still wiped down several times a day.


CaptainMyCaptain · 30/11/2019 21:25

I wipe them down after preparing food - so at least 3 times a day. I use Method anti-bac spray because I like the smell.


LotteLupin · 30/11/2019 21:26

I spray with anti bac and wipe after any time I use them.

You have to if you're going to chop on them.


Grumpos · 30/11/2019 21:30

Depends how much you use your kitchen and how messy or tidy you are whilst preparing food.
Mine are wiped down several times a day - not necessary each one every time but as I prepare food, cook, put dirty pots next to sink etc.
I would say they probably need more than once a week - but it probably depends how much mess you make in between


fascinated · 30/11/2019 21:30

I didn’t realise that some people chop directly on their worktops... I don’t, have chopping boards,

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Aridane · 30/11/2019 21:30

Once a week


ysmaem · 30/11/2019 21:31

Usually wipe down twice a day, clean spills/crumbs straight away. I use diluted zoflora


Pippa12 · 30/11/2019 21:31

I spray working tops after each prepared meal, germs are invisible.


fascinated · 30/11/2019 21:32

I’d love to see a study on whether folk that use antibac get more d&v type stuff. Theory is apparently that it kills the low level germs that you’d normally use to get your immune resistance up. I feel we are ill less often now that I don’t use antibac washing up liquid...

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M0reGinPlease · 30/11/2019 21:33

Every single morning with Dettol because my bastard cat basically thinks the worktop is his bed.


GrapefruitGin · 30/11/2019 21:34

Do people really chop directly on their worktops?! Don’t you scratch them? I use chopping boards, obviously but still wipe down tops most days and go over cupboard doors and handles every few days


speakout · 30/11/2019 21:40

I don;t use anti bc, but I cook a lot. Worktops are wiped down even during cooking meals with hot soapy water and a cotton cloth.
Preparing meals may dribble, scatter or drip on preparation areas.onion or veg, chopping meat etc. I keep clean cloths on hand to wipe as I go.


VaggieMight · 30/11/2019 21:40

I wipe down daily as there's always something to wipe but never antibac. Kitchens don't have germs (and a bit of exposure to germs is good for you), apart from meat but that's handled on chopping boards and cleaned straight away.

Bathrooms have germs but I don't wipe the bathroom daily, apart from rinsing the shower.


GrumpyHoonMain · 30/11/2019 21:42

I don’t have allergies and don’t often get sick - I wash and anti-bac my chopping boards. The bacteria from meat / fish can give you serious problems if allowed to fester. You also need to clean out and anti-bac your oven regularly because otherwise you can get sepsis if you hit your head / arm / leg on it and it got infected


Love51 · 30/11/2019 21:44

I anticbac very infrequently but seem to be constantly wiping as my kids aren't as good at cooking as they think they are! DD reacts badly to antibac. I would antibac more if I had a cat though.


vivacian · 30/11/2019 21:45

You also need to clean out and anti-bac your oven regularly because otherwise you can get sepsis if you hit your head / arm / leg on it and it got infected

Is this a serious comment?


MamaFlintstone · 30/11/2019 21:46

I clean the chopping boards after using them to prepare food each time, but only wipe down the worktops if they look dirty. I don’t prepare food or eat directly off them so I don’t see the need.


vivacian · 30/11/2019 21:48

I wipe the sides down every night, but use a diluted vinegar spray.

The thought of Noro makes me want to blitz every thing with bleach now (or is it disinfectant for Noro?).


SimonJT · 30/11/2019 21:49

I clean mine before and after use, I use chopping boards, but preparing food leaves crumbs etc on the worktop. If I had made roti I make that directly on the worktop and not cleaning that straight away would leave an awful mess. I use an e-cloth and hot water.

I rarely get ill, only had the runs once, I’m a type 1 diabetic as well so that makes me more prone to contracting viruses.


Boots20 · 30/11/2019 21:50

I just automatically wipe mines all down after doing the dishes, never really thought about it! I do dishes then wipe down all worktops with soapy cloth then dry over it with a tea towel and hang tea towel on the cooker. I must do that 3 or 4 times a day but just completely out of habit after washing dishes


CatteStreet · 30/11/2019 21:50

Couple of times a day, after any use (we use chopping boards but there are crumbs, spills, water splashes, veg peelings etc) and before use whenever I suspect the cat might have been up there.

Only use washing up liquid on them, ever. D+V is not a frequent occurrence in this house.


bloodywhitecat · 30/11/2019 21:51

You also need to clean out and anti-bac your oven regularly because otherwise you can get sepsis if you hit your head / arm / leg on it and it got infected

I'd be interested to see the research into that.

I wipe down work surfaces when I use them with hot soapy water.

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