(HealthDay News) -- Proper food storage and preparation are important ways to prevent food-borne illness, as is keeping your kitchen germ-free.
Here are suggestions for a clean kitchen, courtesy of the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse:
- Each week, wash all sponges, dish rags and towels in the washing machine with hot water.
- Make sure all cooking utensils are clean before you use them, and wash them thoroughly immediately after cooking.
- Keep all kitchen counters and surfaces clean before and after preparing food. Clean them with a solution of one teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water.
- Always wash your hands with warm water and soap before working in the kitchen, especially when handling food.
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