Health Tip: Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Wash countertops frequently
(HealthDay News) -- Daily cleaning of your kitchen can help minimize germs and reduce the risk of contracting a foodborne illness.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions for a daily kitchen clean-up:
Using hot, soapy water, frequently wash all kitchen countertops and work surfaces. Immediately clean up any spilled food.
Don't place any non-food items (such as mail, purses or bookbags) on kitchen counters.
Thoroughly wash countertops before you prepare food.
Wash all cooking utensils and dishes in the dishwasher on the hot setting, and be sure they are rinsed well.
Wash all dish towels regularly in the washing machine on the hot cycle, and dry before using.
Wash dirty sponges in a water/bleach solution or throw them out.