How to Clean and Sanitize a Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of many homes. It's not only where the food is prepared, but it's often where the family  congregates to enjoy meals and play board games together or where the kids do their homework. If not cleaned properly, the kitchen could become a storehouse of germs and bacteria. Keep your kitchen clean and sanitized to prevent those germs from getting you and your family sick.

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  • Wipe counters and the stove-top with dish detergent and water using a paper towel and clean water to rinse away the soap. Allow the counters and the stove to dry.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of bleach with 1 gallon of water. Pour some of the mixture in a spray bottle. Spray your kitchen surfaces with the bleach mixture and allow them to air dry. The bleach kills most household germs.

  • Wash cutting boards or any items that touch raw meat immediately with soap and hot water, then wash again with the bleach mixture. Juices from raw meats can cross-contaminate other food that touches the cutting boards or plates that meat was resting on. Alternatively, stick those items in the dishwasher and wash them on the hottest water or sanitizing setting.

  • Wipe up spills in the refrigerator promptly with a paper towel, dish washing liquid and water.

  • Pour the bleach mixture into a bucket. Dip a mop into the bucket and scrub your floors to remove germs and bacteria that might have fallen  off the counters as you prepared for food.

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water thoroughly  after cleaning your kitchen to remove any transferred germs.

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