Here are some common kitchen mistakes that can make you sick, like washing meat before you cook it and using the same sponge for way too long.

  1. You only own one cutting board. You should have at least two: one for raw meat and one for everything else. The one for meat should be plastic, not wood. To sanitize a cutting board is by using a spray bottle with bleach water.
  2. Washing raw meat. Lots of people do it even though it actually increases your chances of getting sick. When water from your faucet hits the meat, it splatters the juice all over your kitchen.
  3. Using the same sponge for way too long. You should replace it every two weeks. Tossing it in the dishwasher or microwaving it kills some of the bacteria, but not all of it.
  4. Letting leftovers sit out too long. As a general rule, don't let anything sit out for more than two hours. After that, there could be enough bacteria to make you sick.

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