No, you didn’t read the article title wrong. There is a reason why you should not wash your raw chicken before cooking it. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Actually, an estimated 90% of people wash their raw chicken before cooking it. But, here’s why you should stop washing your raw chicken.

“It does not get rid of the bacteria, it doesn’t kill the bacteria. However, there is a chance that it will spray that bacteria,” explains Dr. Jennifer Quinlan, an associate professor at Drexel University.


So, washing your raw chicken actually spreads the germs and bacteria onto your sink and around your kitchen countertop. It actually has a negative effect, contrary to, the positive effect most people think.


Now you’re probably asking, “Well if we don’t wash the raw chicken, what do we do?”. And the answer is simple: just do what you regularly would without washing the raw chicken. Just cooking the chicken properly and at a good temperature will kill the bacteria just fine.


Be sure to check out the entire research video below and let your friends know to not wash their chicken!