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(HealthDay News) -- Any kitchen can be a breeding ground for germs, so it's important to give yours a thorough cleaning every day.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice:
Using hot, soapy water, thoroughly clean the counter and other work surfaces each day to clean spills and food particles.
Keep non-food items such as mail, lunch bags and purses away from the kitchen counter.
Thoroughly wash the counter before preparing food.
Make sure all dishes and cookware are thoroughly cleaned in hot, soapy water and rinsed well.
Frequently swap dish towels and rags for clean ones. Wash these items in the hot cycle of your washing machine and thoroughly dry them.
Wash sponges in a water/bleach solution or throw them away.
Regularly clean appliances, including the inside of the microwave.