As reported by Alexandra Jaffe at The Atlantic, using your dishwasher to clean your dishes may not be a bad idea after all. In fact, part of his report reads, “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.”
So next time when you are about to grab a plate for something to eat, consider using your dishwasher over the sponges you bought at Family Dollar for deep cleaning. But if you still favor sponges over dishwashers or don’t have money for a dishwasher, here are some things you can do to better clean your plates: Always use hot water, sterilize your sponges by microwaving them for 30 seconds, and last but not least, put some money together to get a dishwasher.