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Old 12-04-2023, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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This fixation with washing everything after a single use, especially if you live alone...

Dinner plates, soup bowls, most pots - yes, they get washed, otherwise bacteria will grow.
"Almost" clean sandwich plates (crumbs are taken off with a paper towel), most fry pans (they are cleaned with a paper towel too, unless there was something fishy cooking), pots with leftover gravy from a stew or meat (a great soup starter, or add more meat concept), tea or water cups (rinse only) - I don't wash after a single use, but I will wash them by the end of a day.
All forks, most spoons and some knives are washed after single use - depending what they were used for.
Yeah, I am saving on water and my own energy
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Old 12-05-2023, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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FWIW, hand washing dishes uses substantially more water than dishwashers.
If you insist on rinsing dishes under running water, yes, but that's not the way to do it.

Run yourself a sink full of scalding water, dunk to rinse.

(This is why I always specify a double sink in my kitchens if I do any remodeling.)

Same as in the restaurants that still hand wash.
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Old 12-05-2023, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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This fixation with washing everything after a single use, especially if you live alone...
Oh, so you'd vote for dysentery instead?
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Old 12-05-2023, 11:05 AM
 
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No health issues at all, in my case.

One reason: By not sterilizing everything (or very often), one builds up an immunity to the minor stuff.
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Old 12-05-2023, 11:14 PM
 
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I have a dishwasher but have never used it. I live alone and don't use, or even own, enough dishes to fill it up and make using it worthwhile. I'm sure they're a godsend if you have lots of kids or a bigger family.

I've never hand washed by filling up a sink with soapy water to let things soak, but rather just wash items one at a time with a soapy sponge, rinse off, place in dish rack or on a towel. I have no order of things to be washed. I let everything air dry. I would LOVE to have a foot pedal operated kitchen sink, like we had in the school bathrooms back in the day (big communal type sink). Do they even make those anymore?
This...hands get dry and cracked some this way though when doing it "by hand"
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Old 12-06-2023, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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I have a dishwasher but have never used it. I live alone and don't use, or even own, enough dishes to fill it up and make using it worthwhile. I'm sure they're a godsend if you have lots of kids or a bigger family.

I've never hand washed by filling up a sink with soapy water to let things soak, but rather just wash items one at a time with a soapy sponge, rinse off, place in dish rack or on a towel. I have no order of things to be washed. I let everything air dry. I would LOVE to have a foot pedal operated kitchen sink, like we had in the school bathrooms back in the day (big communal type sink). Do they even make those anymore?
Yes. They do.
See post #10

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Old 12-06-2023, 09:02 AM
 
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I let my kitchen sponge air dry but every once in a while, if I have clean hot wash water available, I'll add a dab of fresh detergent, scrub it against itself thoroughly, rinse with clean hot water, then air dry. If it ever gets stinky it happens in summer when the house isn't heated as much. The sponge stays moist longer allowing those bugs to grow. All that being said, I'm no germophobe. I don't feel the need to sterilize everything and have survived to tell the tale.
That's pretty much what I do every time I use my sponge, the last thing I do is add a bit of Dawn (which I water down), scrub the sponge against itself to make sure it's clean, rinse it in hot water and sit it on it's side on the sink, which is in the sunshine, and let it dry. I never have kept a sponge so dirty or so long that it smells, that's a gross smell that I remember from some other people's homes. Ick.
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Old 12-06-2023, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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That's pretty much what I do every time I use my sponge, the last thing I do is add a bit of Dawn (which I water down), scrub the sponge against itself to make sure it's clean, rinse it in hot water and sit it on it's side on the sink, which is in the sunshine, and let it dry. I never have kept a sponge so dirty or so long that it smells, that's a gross smell that I remember from some other people's homes. Ick.
You mean... You went to other people's homes and sniffed their kitchen sponges?
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Old 12-06-2023, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Kansas
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No, never. And it's wrong to assume everyone has a microwave oven - I don't. I've been washing dishes by hand forever and always let the sponge air dry. When the sponge starts shredding, it's time to replace it. If the sponges are full of 'dangerous' bacteria, I haven't noticed...
We don't have or want a microwave. I've been doing exactly what you do for a few decades now, and we are still here and healthy. If the sponge starts to shred, it goes in the trash. Smells do not seem to be an issue, but if the smells didn't wash away with hot soapy water, it is time for it to hit the trash also.

"Dangerous bacteria"? I sometimes think by not being obsessive about "germs" and "bacteria", it has made our family healthier. We exercise our immune systems regularly. If the "germs" and "bacteria" aren't making one ill, the immune system is going its job. Imagine all the germs and bacteria that enter our body every single day!
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Old 12-06-2023, 04:28 PM
 
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Oh, so you'd vote for dysentery instead?
I had to look that word up LOL and good post that.
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