Are Your Dishes Safe To Eat Off?

9 Jul

ImageMost people assume that using antibacterial dishwashing liquid will kill all germs and viruses on your dishes and utensils–not true. To eliminate foodborne illnesses caused by these little critters, especially on plastic containers, use either one of these to methods after washing dishes in hot soapy water using ingredients found in your cupboard or medicine cabinet:

  • Bleach: Add 1 teaspoon to 1 gallon of warm water
  • Iodine: Add 20 drops of Tincture of Iodine to 1 gallon of water.

Make sure this is your rinse water and not your soapy wash water. Let air-dry, do not wipe (a towel would contaminate clean dishes). Wear gloves if you are prone to skin irritation or staining (I’ve never had a problem with either). Iodine may stain some surfaces including skin. Use these same solutions to clean your sponges and dishcloths. These solutions can also be used to disinfect drinking water in case of emergency.

So try one of these thrifty ways to clean your dishes and remember, good health is always good for your budget!

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