Wash - The Basics

Reviewed by Sarah Klemm, RD, CD
Wash - The Basics

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Illness-causing bacteria can survive and spread across your kitchen, so it is important to clean properly to prevent these bacteria from spreading to your food. What's the right way to wash up?

Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and running water. Wash hands before preparing or eating food.

Wash surfaces, cutting boards, dishes and cooking utensils with hot soapy water after each use to prevent bacteria from spreading throughout the kitchen.

Rinse produce under running tap water, no soap required. Avoid washing seafood, meat, poultry or eggs as this can actually cause more bacteria to spread.

Sanitize sponges daily and replace frequently. Don't forget to wash dishcloths and towels on a regular basis, too. For more tips on sponge safety, download our handout.

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