One key to preventing illness is keeping your kitchen clean. Follow these simple tips for maintaining a germ-free cooking space:
- Wash all counter tops often with hot, soapy water and a clean sponge, especially before preparing any meals. Avoid harsh chemicals that can permeate your surfaces and get onto food.
- Clean up spilled food right away to prevent bacteria from forming.
- Keep your counters free of foreign objects—like mail, newspapers, and bags—that might leave dirt or germs behind.
- Wash dish towels, sponges, and other cleaning items regularly. Also microwave your wet cleaning sponge for a minute before you start using it.