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How Your Kitchen May Be Making You Sick

By on 09/24/2018

Before you touch another pot or pan, open the refrigerator or prepare a salad on your counter, consider this: Any surface that comes in contact with food is a potential breeding ground for bacteria.

The good news is that it’s easy to keep your kitchen safe and clean. This video shows you how to sanitize a wooden table. Items made of wood aren’t the only things that should be carefully sanitized, however. You can use this technique to clean and sanitize other surfaces in your kitchen as well.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Use warm soapy water and a scrubbing pad to scrub the surface along the grain of the wood.
  • Don’t forget to scrub the outside edges.
  • Rinse using a clean towel and warm water.
  • Sanitize using a solution of 1 – 2 teaspoons of non-fragranced bleach to every gallon of water.
  • Allow the solution to soak into the wood for about 2 minutes.
  • Let the surface air dry or wipe it down with a clean towel.


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Date Last Reviewed: July 18, 2018

Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor

Medical Review: Mike McCombe; Chef, Certified Food Safety Educator

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