Ten Steps to a Safe Kitchen

Step Three: Kitchen Dishcloths and Sponges

 

Sanitize your kitchen dishcloths and sponges regularly.

Spongcloth

Wash with a solution of one teaspoon chlorine bleach to one quart water, or use a commercial sanitizing agent, following product directions.

Many cooks use dishcloths or sponges to mop up areas where they have worked with uncooked meat and then reuse the cloth or sponge in other kitchen areas after minimal rinsing.

A contaminated dishcloth can house millions of bacteria after a few hours. Consider using paper towels to clean up and then throw them away immediately. Wash hands carefully after handling raw meat.

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Food Safety Tip of the Day

Take two.

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Cutting boards are one of the most common kitchen items that causes cross contamination. A different cutting board should be used for raw meat, poultry and seafood than is used for preparing ready-to-eat foods like salads and fruits. The produce often is not cooked before being served, so any contaminants will not have a "kill step" prior to consumption.

Source: Partnership for Food Safety Education

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