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Although controlling food temperatures is key to food safety, cleaning and sanitation are also important.
The kitchen sink is a harbor for bacteria to grow. Here is how bacteria can grow without you seeing them.
You decide to make scrambled eggs for breakfast. This calls for cracking eggs into a bowl. Add milk and seasonings and pour into a warmed skillet. Here is where bacteria get into your sink. Rinsing the bowl spreads raw egg mixture all around your sink. The bacteria is in the raw egg mixture.
That is OK, just be sure you wash the bowl, utensil and sink with warm soapy water. Rinse and drain. Then add in the final step of spraying the sink with a sanitizing solution and let dry. This will stop any bacteria from the eggs growing in your sink.
Make Your Own Sanitizing Solution
Here's a recipe for your own sanitizing solution.
- Purchase a spray bottle.
- Keep away from children. Store where they cannot reach the spray bottle.
2 cups water
1/4 tsp unscented chlorine bleach
- Store in a dark cabinet and replace solution once a week.
- An easy way to remember to make a new solution is to pick a day of the week that works for you. Ex. Every Sunday, make new sanitizing solution.
Source: Washing Food; Eating Smart Moving More Fix it Safe