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One Step To Destroying Bacteria On Your Dishes

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

According to Oregon State University Extension Service, hand washing dishes is far less effective in destroying the microorganisms on your dishes than a dishwasher. The hot water in a dishwasher reaches at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This is impossible in a sink. There is a simple alternative, however. 

After washing with soap and water, soak your dishes in hot water with one tablespoon of chlorine bleach for 5 to 10 minutes. The best ratio is one gallon of hot water, which is about right in most sinks. The bleach will kill all bacteria as effectively as a dishwasher. The bleach will evaporate as your dishes dry. This is especially beneficial if colds or flu bugs are trekking around the home.

The editors, Real Simple, July 2012  

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.