Kitchen Safety

Use these tips to make the heart of your home a healthy haven.

By Leah Zerbe

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Clean your hands, clean your foodClean your hands, clean your food

Foodborne illness outbreaks remind us that our food supply may not be as safe as we think it is. A 20-second plain-water rinse will get rid of some bacteria, but for better protection make your own natural cleaning concoction: Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, and 1 cup cold tap water in a spray bottle, shake well, and apply to your produce. Rinse with tap water before cooking or serving.

Also remember to wash your hands before handling or preparing food; plain soap and water work as well at killing germs as soaps labeled "antibacterial."

 
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