Kitchen Safety

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

By Leah Zerbe


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."