Sanitizing Items with a Dishwasher

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Mark Jardine
July 09, 2024
Home appliances
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The dishwasher is essential for disinfecting your dishes; high temperatures and proper maintenance are the keys to sanitary dishes.
To prevent the growth of bacteria and potentially harmful microorganisms, it is crucial to ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of your plates, cutlery, and glasses. While when washing by hand, these agents are likely to develop in sponges and cloths, the dishwasher can guarantee more hygienic results.
  • Step One: Before you wash the surface, scrape off any food.
  • Step Two: Utilizing hot, soapy water, wash the plates. Use fresh dishcloths every day, and avoid using sponges! They frequently include pathogens.
  • Step Three: Dishes should be thoroughly rinsed in hot, clean water. Because soap gets into your chlorine bleach solution, you want to eliminate all of it.
  • Step Four: Either use hot water to sanitize the dishes OR a chlorine bleach solution.
  • Step Five: Allow dishes to air dry. Don’t dry with a cloth or towel; this can spread germs.
When you sanitize, you use high heat or a chemical solution to destroy dangerous microorganisms. Every public area disinfects and sanitizes its surroundings, including restaurants, hospitals, daycare centers, retirement homes, and many more.
At least once a month, run an empty dishwasher cycle at the highest temperature while decreasing the interior, drains, and pipes with wine vinegar. If you use your dishwasher frequently, detergent residues and other deposits are simple to remove, allowing you to thoroughly clean the inside and prevent limescale buildup.

Two methods for sanitizing

  • Method #1: Chlorine Bleach Solution: Soak dishes in a sanitizing mixture of 1 tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of cool water (hot water prevents bleach from sanitizing). Soak dishes for at least a minute. Use test strips to ensure your bleach is the right concentration (a Google search will turn up a ton of retailers that sell these). Dishes should be removed and properly dried by air. To remove plates from the solution, put on gloves or use utensils.
  • Method #2: Hot Water: Soak dishes for at least 30 seconds in 170°F water that is completely covered. Check the temperature of the water with a thermometer, and use a clock to time your bath. Dishes should be removed and properly dried by air. Remove hot foods using utensils or gloves.
By utilizing the power of technology and the convenience of modern appliances, sanitizing dishes with a dishwasher ensures cleanliness and gives us peace of mind. Bid farewell to lingering germs and embrace the efficiency of this time-saving solution, as it effortlessly transforms a mundane chore into a hygienic and hassle-free experience.