The CDC study determined 21 percent of food-borne illness outbreaks were caused by food consumed in a private home.
Donna DuBerg from St. Louis University shares ways to avoid food-borne illness.
1) in the dishwasher, remember to separate the parts, such as the blender gasket, the rubber spatula before placing them in the dishwasher.
2) Cleaning materials - a clean sponge or a soft cloth so as not to damage the surface of the item; a mild detergent in warm to hot water depending on the item OR a vinegar or bleach solution if necessary to reduce bacteria and molds.
3) Cleaning strategy - make sure the item is as clean as can be including a disinfecting step if necessary, i.e., in the case of spilled meat juices or when unwashed produce has been stored in the bins; always rinse the item and dry off well either with a clean cloth or let the item air-dry, such as, the knife block; for the meat compartment in particular, after washing , rinsing and wiping the compartment dry, a warm water and baking soda mixture (1-2 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water).