This is the end of my counter. It’s a particularly hard working part of my kitchen. When people walk in the door this is where packages, bags, gloves, and the mail get dropped. Items heading down to the basement or out to the car are stacked here. When we hold parties it’s the buffet line. And it’s a cooking and food preparation surface as well.
There are some cooking tasks that are just done best straight on the counter. Kneading bread. Rolling out and cutting biscuit dough. Making cookie cut outs. Rolling out homemade tortillas. Making homemade pasta and gnocchi.
So how to do keep a surface food safe when at one point of the day it’s got dirty old mail set up on it along with grocery bags that have had their bottoms in the seat well of the car, and then later you are using it for food prep? In the past I’ve laways washed it using soapy wash cloths, then clear, then a towel. . . but I’ve always wondered what was really lingering on there.
When Walmart and the folks at Lysol sent me some of their new Lysol Tap Top cleaners I knew that counter was the place to try it out!
The Lysol Tap Top cleaners are available for under $4 each at Walmart and come in Citrus Sparkle and Oxygen Splash. What makes Lysol Tap Top different?
- Kills 99.9% of germs (When used as directed)
- Hydrogen peroxide formula cleans better than bleach without leaving harsh chemical residue
- Controlled way of cleaning
- No more overspray
What kind of germs does it kill? Well all the nasties you would most want it to!
Lysol Power & Free TapTop kills the following bacteria and viruses on hard, non-porous surfaces*:
- Salmonella enterica (Salmonella)
- Staphylococcus aureus (Staph)
- Rhinovirus Type 37
- Avian Influenza A H1N1
- Avian Influenza A Virus (H3N2)
So how does it work? The key here is it isn’t a spray cleaner. You literally just push down on the top (after a quick turn to unlock it) with a paper towel or sponge (1) and the cleaner is sprayed up into it (2).
I can see this being a big benefit when the kids are helping to clean. I’s far too much fun to keep pulling that trigger on the spray bottles and using. . .or wasting. . a lot of the product. Also as my parents age I think more and more about mobility and strength issues. Pressing down on the Lysol Tap Top dispenser is easier and uses less fine motor coordination than using a spray bottle.
Then you just clean the counter (3)! Now the directions specifically say if you are cleaning a food surface that you are supposed to rinse with water, so I just wiped it down with a wet paper towel (4). Tada-done! All ready for me to make some pie crust!
When I was done with the pie crust I just scraped off all the leftover flour and crust bits. Then I did a preliminary wipe with my dishcloth to get up the rest of the flour, and followed up with some more Lysol Tap Top cleaner.
Now I have a clean, germ free counter for whatever comes next! Of course it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have one of these dispensers in each of the bathrooms as well. . . hmmmmm . . .
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.