Cross contamination is a fancy name for bacteria on one thing getting onto another thing via direct contact. It is one of the biggest culprits of poor kitchen hygiene. In the home, it’s often caused either by your kitchen knife, your cutting board, or your cleaning tools. And it’s not just bacteria, i t could be a virus or a toxin of some kind, or even a cleaning product. Luckily, it can be avoided by implementing a few simple habits.
Tips to Avoid Cross Contamination in Your Kitchen:
- Use two cutting boards, one for meat and one for veggies exclusively.
- Replace washable dish rags by the sink on a daily basis, and designate one for counters and one for dish-cleaning.
- If you use a sponge, disinfect it by zapping it in the microwave for 2 minutes (make sure it’s wet when you put it in, and that it does not contain any steel or metal).
- Wash vegetables even if you’re planning to peel them anyway, like carrots or potatoes.
- Regularly clean refrigerator doors, light switch plates, cabinet knobs, and drawer handles.
- Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap. This goes for your food prep utensils as well, such as your paring knife if you’re chopping fruits, veggies or meat.
- Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink. Instead, empty your sink after every meal, and then spray down thoroughly with a cleaner that will kill bacteria. You can try using vinegar as it kills 99.9% of the bacteria that cause foodborne illness.
Don't let illness get to your family. Always ensure that your kitchen is clean. A clean kitchen would mean clean food, and clean food will mean a healthier family.