1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

November 28, 2008

:333 Porous Counter Tops

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:333 EcoTip: A recent University of Arizona, Tucson study has shown that porous counter tops can harbor harmful organisms such as E. coli. A non-porous material is safer because it is easier to clean and sanitize.

The study highlighted the fact that consumers need to consider wear-and-tear when selecting a countertop surface. After a few years, most porous surfaces, such as granite, laminate, marble, wood, concrete, tile, and limestone wear down; lose their protective coating, scratch, and warp –all decreasing the ability to be effectively cleaned and sanitized.


 Additional Information:

According to the National Institute of Health:

Bacteria can spread from one food product to another throughout the kitchen and can get onto cutting boards, knives, sponges, and countertops. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and their juices away from all ready-to-eat foods.

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July 18, 2008

:200 Sanitizing Water Purifiers

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:200 EcoTip: The build-up of bacteria that occurs in water purification units can be cleaned using food grade hydrogen peroxide when filters are changed. It can also be used to sanitize bottled water dispensers.


 Additional Information:

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is usually available at health food stores. Make sure you read the label directions. Detailed instructions for sanitizing water purification units using hydrogen peroxide is available at:  http://www.watertechonline.com/article.asp?IndexID=5180706

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