16 Food Facts That Only Real Adults Can Deal With

According to the USDA, you should not wash raw poultry or any other meat, because you may spread potential bacteria in the poultry juices to other foods, utensils, and surfaces.

And in fact, washing it isn’t even getting the bacteria off your chicken. Even though you may think that washing your chicken removes bacteria or harmful slime, “some of the bacteria are so tightly attached that you could not remove them no matter how many times you washed it,” USDA spokesperson Marianne H. Gravely told BuzzFeed Food.

Learn more: We Asked Experts Whether Washing Raw Chicken Was Legit Or Useless

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