Dr Lisa Ackerley was commissioned to find out how people were washing up
Recently for the Stop Washing Up Campaign we carried out a survey to see what people got up to when they washed up.
Key findings were:
- Water was too cold to kill bacteria -most families were using lukewarm water!
- Washing up bowls were contaminated with bacteria
- 95% of scourers and sponges were disgusting – some even had E. coli on them!
- 60% of tea towels were unsatisfactory – some also had E.coli on them
- People use their sinks for cleaning all sorts of items – from dog bowls to football boots!
The trouble I have found is that if water is hot enough temperature to kill bacteria – then it could burn your hands!
But if you don’t kill dangerous bacteria that could be present on raw meat and poultry, then this could make you ill.
What can you do? In this video I discuss washing up by hand.
It makes you want to rush out and get a dishwasher!
Here are some tips:
- If you prepare raw chicken or meat clean utensils and work surfaces with an anti-bacterial spray and paper towel
- After washing up, pour a final hot water rinse over crockery and utensil to kill the bacteria
- Change your tea towel every day and wash them at 60 °C or above
- Wash your dishcloths with tea towels (I gather up a few days’ worth and then do them all together)
- Drain your dishes in a clean drainer (check out the cutlery drainer – it quickly gets horrid)!