Tip of the Day
New Year Cleaning
The kitchen can be a breeding zone for harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning. You store and prepare food in your kitchen, so you want to be sure it is safe and germ-free. A smelly dishcloth, towel or sponge is a sure sign that unsafe bacteria are lurking nearby. Bacteria live and grow in damp conditions.
Follow these tips for proper kitchen sanitation:
- Keep kitchen surfaces, such as appliances, countertops, cutting boards and utensils clean with hot, soapy water.
- Make sure to wash dishcloths and towels often in the hot cycle of your washing machine.
- Disinfect sponges in a chlorine bleach solution and replace worn sponges frequently.
Don't forget that proper hand washing may eliminate nearly half of all cases of food poisoning. Wash hands with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds or as long as it takes to sing two choruses of "Happy Birthday."
For more information on proper home safety, please visit homefoodsafety.org.
*Reminder: New name, same commitment to your nutritional health. The American Dietetic Association is now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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