Tip of the Day
Spring Clean Your Kitchen – Every Day
When cleaning your home after a long winter, don't forget the kitchen. In fact, cleaning your kitchen should be a daily ritual since it offers a front-line defense against the spread of colds, flu and food poisoning.
- Clean work surfaces often to remove food particles and spills. Use hot, soapy water.
- Keep non-food items — mail, newspapers, purses, reusable tote bags — off the counters and away from food and utensils.
- Wash the counter carefully before food preparation.
- Wash dishes and cookware in the dishwasher or in hot, soapy water. Rinse well.
- Change your towels and dishcloths often and wash them in the hot cycle of your washing machine. Dry them before each use.
- Throw out dirty sponges or wash them in a bleach-water solution.
- Clean spills on appliances right away. Splatters inside your microwave can harbor bacteria.
To learn more about preventing food poisoning, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
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Reviewed February 2013