TAMPA, Fla - Gretchen Barnes is a busy new mom with twin 7-month-old boys, Beckett and Eli.
"Do you find that you have less time to clean the kitchen than you used to?" asked ABC Action News anchor Wendy Ryan.
"Absolutely, less time to do everything," Gretchen admits.
So Gretchen was a trooper to allow former health inspector Roy Costa to come to her house and do a mock inspection on her kitchen.
Right away, Roy found a critical violation: Eggs over five months old in her refrigerator. The package had a printed expiration date of September 17, 2010. "You don't eat a lot of eggs, do you?!" Roy joked with her.
Next on Roy's inspection? "Do you have a thermometer in your refrigerator?" Roy asked. "That's a requirement."
Roy says she should have a hanging thermometer in the refrigerator at all times, so you know the food is kept at the proper temperature. And you must calibrate that thermometer in ice water so it stays accurate at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roy went on to check the cleanliness of Gretchen's kitchen counter, putting it through a bacterial test. A safe, clean range would score from 10 to 30.
"Well, you're a little high," said Roy. The meter read a score of 198.
Roy said one of the most contaminated areas of the kitchen is the sink drain, because of the disposal and waste spewing up from the bottom.
"If you're running a large volume of water there, and your water is splashing up, you have the possibility that the micro-organisms that are down in that drain are going to get around the other surfaces of the sink," Roy said.
So Roy tested Gretchen's sink drain, and the bacterial reading was at 2,716. "Oh God!" Gretchen exclaimed, as she looked at the high number.
Roy says it's a good idea to disinfect the sink drain once a week. So how do you do that?
"Make about a 200-part-per-million dilution of this bleach. Because we know if you have the proper water to bleach, the activity of the chlorine that's in there is going to be a lot more effective," Roy explained.
So in a bucket of room temperature water, less than a capful of clorox would be enough to create the right level of disinfectant.
And Roy says sanitizing the baby's toys with that same diluted solution is a good idea.
But first he tested the dirtiness of one of those toys, Sophie the giraffe. And it had a bacterial reading of 3,507. "Oh no, Sophie's contaminated!" Roy said.
Just then, Gretchen's son, Eli started crying. "Don't worry, we'll get her healthy. We'll clean her up," Gretchen said to Eli.
Roy recommends cleaning each toy with soap and water first before sterilizing it in the solution for at least 5 minutes.
Then, it was time to go to Wendy Ryan's house.