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Reasonably sensible. But I take issue with this gem:

An easy way to deal with this problem is by running the glasses under hot water for a few minutes.


Hot tap water is not hot enough to kill bugs. The water need to be boiling or close to it for most bacteria.
 

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On a recent stay at a European Hilton I was interested to read that the minibar fridge was not be used for the storage of anything other than the 'monitored' minibar stock.

The hotel was very nice in the same paragraph of the room guide to offer a small friedge for about 20 euros/day.

Alby
 

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Hot tap water is not hot enough to kill bugs. The water need to be boiling or close to it for most bacteria.

One of the reasons I hate using plates/glasses/cutlery in the office. Does a dishwasher use boiling water?
 

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One of the reasons I hate using plates/glasses/cutlery in the office. Does a dishwasher use boiling water?

No, I think mine gets up to about 70 degrees. Not designed to 'kill bugs' per se (although the reasonably caustic dishwashing stuff will help!), but will do a much better job of it than regular hand washing up.

Although if you do catch anything off a plate that's been properly cleaned through a dishwasher, cultivate it and sell to the highest bidder.
 

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Although if you do catch anything off a plate that's been properly cleaned through a dishwasher, cultivate it and sell to the highest bidder.
I know what you are saying. I was just asking a question as I have never had a dishwasher.

Over the years I have seen people's interpretation of thoroughly cleaning something before putting it back on the clean rack. No thanks.
 

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Reasonably sensible. But I take issue with this gem:



Hot tap water is not hot enough to kill bugs. The water need to be boiling or close to it for most bacteria.[/FONT][/COLOR]

One of the reasons I hate using plates/glasses/cutlery in the office. Does a dishwasher use boiling water?

No, I think mine gets up to about 70 degrees. Not designed to 'kill bugs' per se (although the reasonably caustic dishwashing stuff will help!), but will do a much better job of it than regular hand washing up.

Although if you do catch anything off a plate that's been properly cleaned through a dishwasher, cultivate it and sell to the highest bidder.

Whilst I agree that hot water from the tap at approx. 50-55°c won't kill a lot of germs, it's better than nothing. Better again is to use soap or detergent, which I understand will remove a lot.

My understanding is most germs don't survive beyond 60-65°, hence the reason this is the temperature food should be heated to, or kept above. No need to boil - overkill.

Given the above, dishwashers that heat to 70° and use highly caustic cleaner, will kill pretty much everything.

In any event, hand washing is good enough at home, as is using a dishwasher!

EDIT: Just double checked the recommended temp - from a credible source (Vic gov better health website), the recommended temp to heat food to so that all harmful bacteria are killed is 75°. Pretty sure a dishwasher at 70° with caustic powder would kill pretty much everything!
 
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A quantity of germs & bacteria is good for you. Builds your immune system. I'm no doctor or scientist, but when younger I had plenty of exposure to "dirt"

Drinking from the hose tap, drop food on the floor & pick it up and eat it, chopping board cross used for veg & meat... Etc

I'm still alive....
 
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