Improvements to inexpensive, more environmentally friendly dish-washing protocol

1. I now use sanitizer (200 ppm Quats, or more) in which to soak one sponge at a time when not in use. After use, the sponge is rinsed until there are negligible soap suds, and ringed in between each rinse to remove anionic detergent, which precipitates and thus inactivates the quaternary ammonium salts in the sanitizer. Every week or so, the sanitizer is changed. Every two weeks or so, the sponge is replaced.

2 A. I now use three times the amount of detergent and sodium carbonate: 3 tablespoons of each per gallon of distilled or RO-purified water.

2 B. I no longer spray the liquid on the dishes. Too many aerosols, even at arm’s length. I pour the liquid directly into the sponge and use that the soap the dishes.

3. Rinse dishes and utensils, scrub with the highly alkaline detergent mixture, put in a clean basin to sit for at least two minutes. This increases the amount of time available to clean and sanitize the dishes.

4. Take one dish at a time out of the basin, rinse well, at least 4 separate times, and put in a clean rack to drain away any liquid, and air dry for at least 15 minutes.

5. Clean the wash basin and put in the clean rack to air dry.

6. Dry everything with a clean towel and put away.


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