Maryjo, I hear you. In the absence of bleach (which would be the most effective for cleaning surfaces), you can use a strong vinegar solution, if it’s allowed to sit on the surface for about 30 minutes.

If you don’t have bleach or vinegar, soap and water is better than nothing, but you’ll need very hot water, and you’ll need to scrub.

A.M. Carter earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes about philosophy, science, politics and current events.

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