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Clean Your Hands, Tools, and Kitchen Surfaces

Clean Your Hands, Tools, and Kitchen Surfaces

Wash your hands

Wash your hands before and after preparing food.

Wash with warm water and soap. Don’t use hot water—it’s too harsh!

Wash for at least 20 seconds. You can time it by singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star or the ABC song.

Also make sure to wash your hands 

  • After blowing your nose.
  • After using the bathroom.
  • After changing diapers.
  • After handling pets.

Clean your kitchen tools

Clean everything that touches your food. 

  • Wash your cutting boards, dishes, and utensils (kitchen cooking tools) with hot soapy water after preparing food.
  • Wear kitchen gloves if needed. Hot water is harsh on bare skin.
  • If you used your cutting board for cutting raw meat, poultry, or fish, first clean it, then sanitize it with diluted (watered down) chlorine bleach. Make your own sanitizer: mix 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach to 1 quart of water in a spray bottle.

Clean kitchen surfaces

Using the same dishcloth or sponge over and over may spread germs. Instead:

  • Use paper towels to clean up kitchen surfaces. Throw them away after one use.
  • If you use cloth towels, wash them often in the hot cycle of the washing machine.
  • If you use a sponge, wash it often in the dishwasher or washing machine.
Last updated: 01/18/13