Because cooking can be a messy process, all areas of the kitchen need frequent cleaning to keep them fresh, grease-free, and sanitary. Scrubbing and cleaning kitchen surfaces is as much a function of health and hygiene as it is good housekeeping.
The New Rules
Disease-causing bacteria, frequently found in raw poultry and meat, have become a serious menace in recent years. The effects of salmonella and some strains of E. coli, for example, can be painful for everyone and deadly for susceptible people. The United States Food and Drug Administration recommends the following steps for cutting down harmful bacteria in the kitchen.