• Consider using paper towels to clean up kitchen surfaces and throw the germs away with the towels. If you use cloth towels, launder them often, using hot water. Note: Don’t dry your hands with a towel that was previously used to clean up raw meat, poultry, or seafood juices.
• Wash your cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to the next food. Periodically, kitchen sanitizers can be used for added protection against bacteria. You can also use one teaspoon of liquid chlorine bleach per quart of clean water to sanitize surfaces. The bleach solution needs to sit on the surface to be sanitized for about 10 minutes to be effective.
• Replace excessively worn cutting boards (including plastic, non-porous acrylic, and wooden boards). Bacteria can grow in the hard-to-clean grooves and cracks.
• In your refrigerator, wipe up spills immediately, clean refrigerator surfaces with hot, soapy water, and, once a week, throw out perishable foods that should no longer be eaten.
• Keep pets off kitchen counters and away from food.