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The counters have been wiped down. The sink has been scrubbed. The dishes have been put away. Even the refrigerator handles are sparkling. You can finally relax because the kitchen is clean. Or is it?

Food-borne illnesses might be growing on your cutting board, and bacteria might be hiding anywhere. So how do you make sure your food preparation zone is completely hygienic?

Kitchens are riddled with myths. In order to crack the code, Vox consulted Azlin Mustapha, an MU food science professor, to separate the facts from the fiction about kitchen cleanliness.

Hover over the dots below to see what's fact and what's fiction. 

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