Food Safety

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthEvery day, moms aim to discover those helpful little tips that will help keep their kitchens cleaner and their families healthier. To help your readers do just that, Clorox would like to provide them with some simple guidelines that will quickly help turn their kitchens into bacteria free zones.

According to the CDC, foodborne agents are responsible for nearly 48 million illnesses each year in the United States. Cleaning up the kitchen is not a fun task, but it should always be considered part of the cooking process. Not only is it easier to cook and bake in a clean kitchen, but clean surfaces and the right products will keep your families healthier and safer. Here are some simple tips that will help you banish those pesky foodborne agents from your kitchen once and for all:

  • Before eating or cooking, wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Sanitize your kitchen sink, faucet and countertops with a diluted solution of Clorox® Regular-Bleach.
  • Foodborne bacteria can thrive between 40°F and 140°F so keep your cold food cold and your hot food hot – and use a thermometer when cooking or grilling.
  • Even your cutting boards need to be sanitized from time to time. Soak prewashed plastic cutting boards for two minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Then drain and air dry.
  • Prevent cross-contamination by using a separate cutting board for raw meat, poultry and seafood.
  • Sweep up loose dirt and crumbs – and then mop as usual. For an extra germ-killing boost, wipe your floor with ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Let stand for five minutes, rinse well and air dry.
  • Spread the love, not the germs! Hit frequently touched surfaces, such as highchair trays, light switches, cabinet knobs and fridge handles, with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes for one-step disinfecting.

These simple tips should help you restore the balance of cleanliness in your kitchens but if you’d like additional tips or information on keeping your kitchens clean and your families safer, please visit

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