What is the best way to clean kitchen surfaces?
Carroll County Tennessee
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Here are recommendations from the United States Dept of Agriculture food safety website: (http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/basics/clean/)
Wash surfaces and utensils after each use.
Bacteria can be spread throughout the kitchen and get onto cutting boards, utensils, and counter tops. To prevent this:
Use paper towels or clean cloths to wipe up kitchen surfaces or spills. Wash cloths often in the hot cycle of your washing machine.
Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and counter tops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next item.
If you use kitchen sponges, replace them frequently. These are a BIG carrier of bacteria and germs because they stay wet so much.
As an extra precaution, you can use a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water to sanitize washed surfaces and utensils.
Always air dry or pat dry the surfaces after using hot, soapy water or the bleach solution.