Preventing Cross Contamination in the Kitchen

Whether you’re cooking at home or whipping up a fresh new menu at the city’s newest restaurant, the importance of keeping things clean in the kitchen cannot be understated. It’s important to establish regular cleaning and sanitization processes for every kitchen.

Wash Your Hands

It may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t follow this simple practice. Preventing cross-contamination begins with always washing your hands before preparing food, and doing it again anytime you touch foods that might be contaminated (this can include foods like eggs or raw meat). That means if you use your bare hands to crack an egg, you should wash your hands before continuing on to the next step in your recipe.

Scrub Work Surfaces

Every countertop and food preparation space in the kitchen should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. If you prepare raw meat on the butcher block, for instance, that surface should be thoroughly cleaned before being used to prepare anything else. Don’t make the mistake of just wiping it off—that won’t be enough to rid the surface of bacteria.


There are many ways to avoid cross-contamination, but the implementation of basic cleaning and hygiene practices is a safe and effective place to start.