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    Mar 31, 2010 9:34 PM GMT
    I washed my bamboo cutting board today and ran it through a bleach mix today. Did it when I first bought it back in December.

    Question: How often, if at all, do you all sanitize your dishes? What do you use?

    For me, I wash and run it through a bleach mix of a cap or two and water before using something new. Also like to use the bleach mix again every 3 or 4 months for things like my cutting board and knife for cutting poultry, fish, meat.
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    Mar 31, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
    I wash them with dish washing liquid or run them thru the dishwasher after every use. I dont wait 3 or 4 months.
  • gjoseph

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    Mar 31, 2010 10:04 PM GMT
    Bleach mix every-time I wish my dishes, my friends at first thought it was weird but now they realize how clean and important it is to sanitize dishes since one of our friends at our dorm ended up getting sick from her dirty kitchen.
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    Mar 31, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    iadj86 saidQuestion: How often, if at all, do you all sanitize your dishes? What do you use?

    We sanitize our cookware, dishes, glasses, cups, cutlery & tableware every time we wash them. My partner insisted I buy a dishwasher with an NSF sanitize certification 2 years ago.

    And its electronic circuitry is very strict. If you interrupt a cycle for more than a few seconds, that lets the temperature drop, it flashes at the end of the wash that it failed to sanitize to established standards. It certainly does a better job than we can by hand, with less water & energy, and the results, as they say, are spotless. Good investment.

    As for wood cutting boards, we use peroxide, which is safe and at least as effective as bleach, without the odor and residue. And not expensive.
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    Mar 31, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    They're just going to get dirty again!
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    Apr 01, 2010 12:47 AM GMT
    McGay saidThey're just going to get dirty again!

    So are our clothes. I do trust you run yours through the clothes washer with some degree of regularity? icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 01, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    McGay saidThey're just going to get dirty again!


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    Apr 01, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    Simply don't use dishes or wear clothes. Less work.
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    Apr 01, 2010 12:51 AM GMT
    Caslon14000 saidI wash them with dish washing liquid or run them thru the dishwasher after every use. I dont wait 3 or 4 months.



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    I wondered who would say it first.
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    Apr 01, 2010 12:58 AM GMT
    The truth about wood vs plastic cutting boards and harboring bacteria:
    http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/docliver/Research/cuttingboard.htm
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    Apr 01, 2010 12:58 AM GMT
    reppaT said
    McGay saidThey're just going to get dirty again!


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    Someday, I'll have you and yours over for dinner. Leftovers. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 01, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    McGay saidThey're just going to get dirty again!

    So are our clothes. I do trust you run yours through the clothes washer with some degree of regularity? icon_razz.gif


    The moment my clothes fight back when I'm putting them on, I buy new ones. That goes double for underwear.
  • Celticmusl

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    Apr 01, 2010 1:01 AM GMT
    Everything is washed in the dishwasher which uses the detergent with bleach. The dishasher is made so that the water temp is heated to above 180 degrees to kill most all germs. I'm a bit of a germaphobe about such things.
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    Apr 01, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    McGay said
    Red_Vespa said
    McGay saidThey're just going to get dirty again!

    So are our clothes. I do trust you run yours through the clothes washer with some degree of regularity? icon_razz.gif

    The moment my clothes fight back when I'm putting them on, I buy new ones. That goes double for underwear.

    Well, that's one approach. Until that "fight back" moment arrives, I hope your friends are accommodating. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 01, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    Though they find me standoffish, yes, pretty accomodating, I'd say. I guess now I realize why they always say they find me a little stiff.
  • DCEric

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    Apr 01, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    Sanitizing everything only leads to a weakening of your natural immune system. Just like your body, it needs exercise.
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    Apr 01, 2010 1:20 AM GMT
    I use peroxide to clean my wooden cutting boards, bleach can not only reduce the life of your board it is not as effective, because of reactions with the wood; furthermore, if you pre-mix a solution with bleach it loses its disinfecting ability the longer it sets.
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    Apr 01, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
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    Apr 01, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    contrary to popular belief wooden cutting boards are usually more hygenic than plastic ones that are all scraped up so sayeth Consumer Reports. I forget the reasoning why, something to do with the bacteria killing factor in wood.
    Course bamboo isn't wood it's a grass if that makes any difference or not.
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    Apr 01, 2010 4:48 AM GMT
    The dishwasher's got a high-temperature wash. I trust it, unless something really gross has happened on that dish, in which case there is probably nothing that could make me believe it's clean again and I will throw it away. For example, every single time I find something plastic all covered in mold in a new and creative part of the house I throw it away and give the culprit a stern talking-to. Yuck!
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    Apr 01, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    Antibacterial Household Products: Cause for Concern

    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol7no3_supp/levy.htm

    Not a direct correlation, but I do my part. I'll recycle a dish if I can do so remotely. My H20 glass around the house will go on and on. Favorite trick--right now, I'm working through a batch of vegetable soup; I'll keep my bowl and spoon in the refrigerator so it can be reused without being washed. Bowl of cereal just needs a good rinse. I do still give a good (yet not excessive) scrubbing regularly and cart every dish in the apt every couple of months to my friend who owns a restaurant where I run everything through a good dishwasher. But, for day-to-day activities, it's all about minimizing the amount of my precious free time on cleaning dishes that don't bother me. I will add that before I am entertaining company, everything gets the good clean, unless it's very close friends, they can wash it if they don't like it.

    I have and will gladly be a dish nazi if that is what it takes to keep the peace in a relationship, sure isn't that big of a deal to powerscrub a dish, I'm just not going to always do it for just myself. Had an ex who loved hardcore washed dishes, but would let them sit in the sink for a week first. UGH!

    Only bout with food poisoning was a misguided attempt to cook a pork roast in a dorm microwave (not a good idea). But, know of no ill effects of my dish laziness.

    After I read this, I feel like a gross slobicon_redface.gif
  • Bunjamon

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    Apr 01, 2010 10:41 AM GMT
    And I thought I was crazy for santizing my hands in restaurants before eating.....

    Soap and water is perfectly fine for cleaning your dishes. Using a plastic, non-porous cutting board for raw things and washing it after each use is enough. Mixing bleach with every load of dishes? You guys are Crazy with a capital C. icon_eek.gif
  • Anto

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    Apr 01, 2010 10:52 AM GMT
    I just wash dishes with soap and water/machine. I do reuse cups/bowls for myself by just rinsing them out and setting them out of the way to quickly grab again so I don't have to get new ones every time I need one.
    Mostly use a wood cutting board. Just hand wash that with dish soap/hot water/scrub after cutting stuff on it like meat or vegetables.

    I'm curious though about the guys so worried about germs in this way:
    how do you handle sex and kissing?
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    Apr 02, 2010 2:38 AM GMT

    We're careful around my place because of the possibility of people bowls and dog bowls winding up in the same place. In fact, our biggest worry is dogs passing germs to each other.

    In any case, we rely on a high temp dishwasher, plus sanitizing dog bowls, dog toys, cutting boards, counter tops, floors, etc with a spray of undiluted white vinegar followed by a spray of a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide. Works like a charm.

    (Do NOT mix the vinegar and the peroxide in one bottle. The result could be peracetic acid, which can harm you and is an ineffective disinfectant.)

    More info on vinegar and peroxide as disinfectants:
    http://www.michaelandjudystouffer.com/judy/articles/vinegar.htm
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    Apr 02, 2010 2:59 AM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle said
    We're careful around my place because of the possibility of people bowls and dog bowls winding up in the same place. In fact, our biggest worry is dogs passing germs to each other.


    Why to both things?

    My dogs lick my plates, then they are washed in the dishwasher. The dogs routinely lick each other and lick each other's bowls, and share the same water bowl. What are you afraid they're going to get from each other?

    It's one thing to be worried about pathogenic bacteria and basic hygiene. It's another to be obsessed with germs (this statement not directed to you specifically, but in general to our anti-bacterial soap loving society).

    Our bodies were designed to keep bacteria out; our immune systems need something to do. So be aware of germs, wash your hands with soap (not antibacterial soap!) and water regularly, and live a little. icon_smile.gif


    *immunocompromised people excepted from this opinion and yes I have lived with immunocompromised family members