How To Disinfect Silverware In 3 Effective Steps
We need to always take care of ourselves, so we and our beloved won't get sick. More importantly, now that the COVID pandemic is still ongoing, we need to make our things as clean as possible. Disinfection of our stuff is one way to eliminate any harmful bacteria or virus. This article will talk about one of the many things closest to our foods: silverware. How to disinfect silverware? Are there specific concerns and warnings we need to consider in cleaning our things? Continue reading this article to find out more!
Steps on Disinfecting Silverware
Step 1. Protect Your Hands
The first step in disinfecting your silverware at home is to clean the hands which will clean the silverware. This is the most important but the most 'taken for granted' fact. You should do this by washing your hands with soap and preferably warm running water. Make sure to rub all the nooks and crannies, from the fingernails to the hand's back and the palm. If done correctly, this could take up to 20 seconds.
Next is to protect your hands by using gloves while washing and disinfecting your silverware. Using a pair of disposable gloves can protect your hands from the bacteria and viruses that can come from cleaning your dirty silverware. Non-latex gloves are the right choice for disposable gloves, especially for those who are allergic to latex. This technique will also work for some who will use alcohol to disinfect their silverware as some alcohol can dissolve latex in the process.
Step 2. Wash Your Silverware
Next up is to wash the silverware. Use your detergent or soap and warm water to clean your silverware thoroughly. Make sure to remove all the unwanted dirt or foreign materials in it. You can do it one or two more times if you are not satisfied with your first wash results.
Step 3. Disinfect Your Silverware
The last part is disinfecting the washed silverware. There are many ways to do it. Well, this all depends on your disinfectant and the things you will disinfect.
Since we are talking about silverwares, mainly made of stainless steel, using pure bleach as a disinfectant is a no-go. It is because bleach reacts with silverware, which causes the silverware to corrode. It is best to dilute it by mixing two teaspoons of bleach to a gallon of cool water. You should follow this as warm water tends to produce toxic fumes that are harmful when inhaled. Use this solution to wipe the surface of the silverware, then let the silverware air dry.
If there is no bleach, another alternative is to soak the silverware in warm water for a couple of minutes before retrieving and then air-drying it. High temperatures are helpful to finish the bacteria and viruses living in the silverware after the washing.
Our lives and of our loved ones are always our top priority, especially in this pandemic. Save yourself from the stress of thinking whether your silverware is clean by following the step-by-step disinfection of your silverware!