Your kitchen may look sparkling clean, but harmful bacteria can still be lurking. Cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen is one of the best ways to keep your food safe from foodborne pathogens and other harmful viruses. Here is a step-by-step plan to leave your kitchen spotless and eliminate the germs you can’t see.

Cleaning is the first step in removing from your kitchen the bacteria that cause foodborne illness. Food contact surfaces need to be cleaned properly to avoid any spread of bacteria onto food: Wash countertops and the kitchen sink with soap and warm water. You can let surfaces air dry or dry them with a clean kitchen or paper towel.

Virginia Aparicio is health and human sciences educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. She can be reached at 574-533-0554 or

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