TODAY   |  October 23, 2012

Would a health inspection shut down your kitchen?

Carley Roney, editor-in-chief of The Nest.com, quizzes TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the most common kitchen inspection violations, revealing which surfaces carry the most bacteria and how long that kitchen sponge should really stick around.

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>> your hands.

>> not going to happen.

>> here's another one, what temperature should the water be when you are washing your i dishes?

>> scalding, scalding.

>> you both won on that one. some people think it's just soap, but scalding. secret here is rubber gloves , that hot. which is the dirtiest thing in your kitchen, your sink, your cutting board , or kitchen towels?

>> cutting board .

>> i knew you were going to think that. it is this. the research that they've done is these get so disgusting.

>> never wash them.

>> throw it in the wash.

>> that's exactly it. wash it every single day.

>> not every day.

>> next one --

>> see, this is why.

>> once a week, right, hoda?

>> how often should you swap out your kitchen sponge? once a week, once a month, once every six months?

>> once a month.

>> not in my house.

>> if you want to give them some sanitizing, stick them in the microwave for one minute or dish washer . once a week, though. so then throw them out at the end of the month. when should you get rid of your cutting board , as soon as it gets scratched up, once a year, or never, just keep it?

>> probably once a year.

>> no, as soon as it gets these rough areas. if you cut raw meat on there, that bacteria can stick in there.

>> if that happens after a week, get rid of it, that's what you're saying, carly. okay, moving on. the spoon, you can saute some raw beef or chicken and use it to serve the meat afterwards. same spoon to cook with your raw meat --

>> as long as it doesn't touch the raw meat .

>> two spoons, one for raw meat and change it out when it gets cooked.

>> i never get sick and i don't do any of this.

>> we don't see it.

>> okay, here we go. the trash can should be open or closed in your kitchen.

>> what? closed, because no one wants to look in there and see what's going on.

>> what do you think?

>> open, because the look you just gave hoda. like she's the dumbest you've met in your life.

>> you actually want it closed, because bugs can land on your dirty garbage and land on the food. last one, the refrigerator. what temperature should your refrigerator be set at? 20 degrees, 40 degrees, or 50 degrees?

>> 40.

>> 20 is frozen.

>> exactly. actually, 40 is the optimal temperature because less than that you're wasting electricity, more than that, food is going to rot.

>> frozen sometimes.

>> what else? that's it?

>> who won? we tied. we