Keep your Kitchen Clean!
One thing I’ve never been able to understand is how some people can leave their kitchen in a constant state of disarray. Why do the dishes need to be 6 or 7 deep in the sink before you wash them? It’s disgusting. Get in the habit of washing your dishes right after you use them, or better yet, put them in the dishwasher!
Also, make sure that you scrub your sink and wipe down your counters before cooking. I prefer to use a Clorox bleach spray and paper towels, but you can use any type of cleaning supplies meant to kill germs. I NEVER use a sponge to clean counters. According to webMD, “Kitchen sponges are the No. 1 source of germs in the whole house. Why? The moist, micro-crevices that make a sponge such an effective cleaning device also make it a cozy home for germs and more difficult to disinfect. Wiping your counters or dishes with a dirty sponge will only transfer the bacteria from one item to another. ‘Wet your sponge and then pop it in the microwave for two minutes to eliminate the germs that lurk inside the crevices,’ says Neil Schachter, MD, medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai in New York City, and the author of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu.” I like his sponge tip, however I prefer to just use paper towels and eliminate the possibility of contaminating the counters with a dirty sponge.
Here is an example of what your workspace should look like before you start cooking: