Washing isn't the only way to spread the bacteria.
A thawing turkey could spread the bacteria on counters, so experts say defrost it in the fridge, in cold water or even in the microwave. You can even cook the frozen turkey, but it will take more time to cook to get it to the safe 165-degree temperature in the thickest part of the meat, the AP reported.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the best part from which to take the bird's temperature is in the innermost area of the thigh or wing and the thickest part of the turkey breast.
After cooking and after dinner, make sure to get leftovers back into the fridge within two hours.
One way to prevent cross contamination -- is to wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, the USDA said.