Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Items to have available:

  • Bleach
  • Paper towels
  • Antibacterial soap for washing hands
  • Meat thermometer which can be used on hamburgers, etc.

Organizing your kitchen:

  • Keep combustible items away from the stove, oven, toaster, etc., e.g., dish towels
  • Set up places for:
    • Treats (e.g., cookies, candy)
  • Put note next to treats: “Consider having fruit, vegetables and/or healthy snacks instead”

Upon bringing groceries home from the store:

  • Wash hands before and after handling raw meat and produce (fruits and vegetables)
  • Keep raw meat and produce separate from other foods, items and surfaces
  • Store raw meat and produce so that it won’t contaminate other foods, items and surfaces
  • Wash hands after handling raw meat and produce

Cleaning your kitchen:

  • Use an anti-bacterial cleaner to prevent spread of E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, etc.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of bleach with a quart of water to clean cutting boards, etc., then let sit for several minutes before rinsing bleach off

After cleaning:

  • To kill bacteria, place dish rags, sponges, etc. in either:
    • The dishwasher on the dry cycle (be sure to secure them)
    • The microwave for one minute on high


Thanks for reading!