Dishwashing- a common phenomenon of our everyday life. Regular and proper washing of dishes does not only keep then clean but also ensures their longevity. Alongside that, if you can ensure the elimination of germs from the dishes, you will have perfect health security for you and your family.
Now there are many methods and ways for disinfecting dishes. Like, with bleach, vinegar, warm water and even with a dishwasher. Talking about the dishwasher, there’s a commonly asked question that- can you wash your dishes in dishwasher with bleach? Well, in this article we are going to find the answer to this question.
Popular Methods Of Disinfecting Dishes
There are many ways to disinfect your dishes quite easily. Like washing them in soap water and bleach water solution, sequentially. Then comes applying vinegar, washing with warm water and bleach, or simply washing with direct chlorine bleach dishwashing liquid.
Among them, the easiest one is to use a physical dishwasher. Because a dishwasher not only washes the dish but also disinfects them along the washing cycle, if the proper washing agent is applied.
But how about if you are not sure about your washing agent? Then can you add extra bleach to ensure proper disinfection? Well, it depends on several conditions. So, let’s find out when to use bleach in a dishwasher and when not to.
Before you start any task or action, you must take some preparatory and precautionary steps first to ensure maximum benefit and eliminate all possible damages. This case is no different from that. So before adding bleach to the dishwasher you have to check that:
- What type of washing liquid, detergent or agent are you using in the dishwasher?
- What type of utensils are you putting in the dishwasher?
- Finally, what type of equipment is used in the dishwasher?
Now, let’s get to know when and when not to add bleach in the dishwasher
When To Add Bleach?
- If your dishwasher materials support bleach encounter. Different dishwashers have different materials and all of them do not allow encountering with bleach. So if the machine approves, then you are good to go with bleach.
- You can add bleach when you are washing bleach safe ceramic and plastic items only. Otherwise, you will end up damaging up your dishes. Specially, never add bleach to the stainless product. In the next section of the article we will find out why.
- If your washing agent does not contain any bleach particle, then you can add some bleach to the washer. But obviously in a certain ratio. Over usage of it won’t bring any good ultimately.
When You Should Not Add Bleach?
- You should never add bleach in a stainless steel dishwasher or while washing stainless steel products. Even, if your dishwasher contains any stainless steel particle, then it’s better not to add bleach with that. Because bleach and stainless steel do not support each other. So for being a strong chemical, bleach will end up damaging the steel and also your product.
- Though it is suggested to add one cup of bleach in the dishwasher and complete the washing cycle. But you must not do that regularly several times. Because bleach itself is a strong chemical and it can dominate over other materials. So, don’t let your cleaner agent become the silent killer for your dishes.
- If your dish-washing solution already contains bleach (most of them does) then there’s no point adding any additional raw or diluted bleach. Because, an overdose of bleach can cause discoloration and minor deformation to your plastic or ceramic dishes. Also, too much bleach or chlorine in the mixture will cause to evaporate chlorine gas, which is not friendly to our respiratory system. Also, too much bleach in the drainage adds up environmental stress. So, there’s no point of overusing it.
The Bottom Line…
So we can see that adding bleach to the dishwasher requires some but very major conditions. If you can fulfill the conditions, then you are free to add bleach maintaining the ratio. But if not then it will cause you harm.
You can also simply mix two tablespoons of bleach in a gallon of warm water and rinse the dishes in that after washing to avoid all these if and only statements. The choice is yours. But whichever method, you prefer, make sure you follow that accordingly and properly.