Techyville.com Staff Writer
Scientists are saying that you probably want to use that dishwasher to clean your plates instead of just scrubbing them down and hoping for the best. Writing for The Atlantic, Alexandra Jaffe explains the reasons that you want to use your dishwasher
What reliably sanitizes dishes is high heat, at temperatures greater than most people can stand. Past 145 degrees Fahrenheit, water easily and quickly kills bacteria. . .But most people can’t handle water temperatures over 104 degrees, meaning those of us stuck with the pauper’s slog of scrubbing our own dishes have a higher likelihood of leaving some bacteria on our plates.
Most of the time, the sponge you use to clean your dishes is loaded with tons of bacteria before you even use it. In fact, the dirtiest place in your home is often your kitchen sink, the place where you’ve tossed out rotted food and other disgusting goodies that you might not want to digest again.
Here are some things you can do to make your dining experience a little less disgusting:
- Sterilize your sponges by putting them in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Always use hot water
- Get a dishwasher, since you’ll never be able to get the water as hot as the water that a dishwasher uses to clean bacteria.