Health Tip: Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Suggestions to limit germs

(HealthDay News) -- Proper food storage and preparation are important ways to prevent food-borne illness, as is keeping your kitchen germ-free.

Here are suggestions for a clean kitchen, courtesy of the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse:

  • Each week, wash all sponges, dish rags and towels in the washing machine with hot water.
  • Make sure all cooking utensils are clean before you use them, and wash them thoroughly immediately after cooking.
  • Keep all kitchen counters and surfaces clean before and after preparing food. Clean them with a solution of one teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water.
  • Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before working in the kitchen, especially when handling food.
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