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Old 01-06-2007, 03:04 AM   #1
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but we almost aways wash the dishes outside on the picnic table with a table cloth on it.

It's all pretty easy to store.

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Washing dishes in the van works best with two people - one washing & one drying
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Stayed there this last summer - they've a dedicated "dish washing" sink (area) - has all the hot water you can use and trash cans for any leftover food stuffs. Very nice.
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:58 AM   #5
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You can eliminate the dishpan( and where do you rinse?) by simply putting about 3/4 cup hot water with a squirt detergent in it in a small bowl or large cup. Dip your scrubber/sponge/dishcloth/tool of choice into this and wash dishes, stacking them in the sink ,nested inside each other. Once they are all washed, start rinsing the stack, largest one first- it fills with water, then you can rinse the smaller ones in that same water ( within reason) and stack them in your dish rack. OR, eliminate the rack, too and just stack them on a double layer of microfiber towels. Put the silverware in one of the cups or glasses. Let all air dry- it's more sanitary. This method uses the very least amount of water. I used it when living on a sailboat. It was the "one pint" method. When they are dry, wring out the microfiber, hang it and it'll dry quickly. Microfiber towels are now available about 10 for $7. ..... they are infinitely useful.
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One thing I learned in nursing school and as a certified food handler, is that drying dishes with a cloth is a bad thing. It leads to contamination. Better to have a dab of 'disinfecting' bleach (they don't all say that on the jug) in the rinse water and let them air dry. If you are fortunate enough to rinse them in hot water, they will dry quickly.
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I'm not sure if drying with bleach is really a good idea...?~ It doesn't really sound all that safe. I mean, wouldn't that be the equivalent of washing your dishes with Fantastic spray or Windex. I think I'll take my chances with a towel.

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[quote="Vicbowling"]I'm not sure if drying with bleach is really a good idea...?~ It doesn't really sound all that safe. I mean, wouldn't that be the equivalent of washing your dishes with Fantastic spray or Windex. I think I'll take my chances with a towel. >>>

If the dishwasher breaks down in a restaurant, that is the way the health dept. says to do it.
Like I said, rinsing them again with hot water makes them dry quicker. It doesn't have to be a bowlful, just a squirt bottle will do.

Swimming pools and lots of drinking water contain bleach to kill the germs, and you aren't going to be drinking your rinse water. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/bleach.asp We are only talking about a tablespoon or so for rinsing dishes. Once bleach has been used, it turns into salt anyway, that is why it won't hurt your plants or the toilet gaskets if you want to re-use the water for flushing.
Most Fantastic/Windex products are made with ammonia, not bleach.

Dish towels are not allowed in fast food, hosptitals, dental clinics, restaurants etc., and the tables have to be wiped down with bleach water, so you aren't going to be able to avoid it.
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I've used bleach doing type of dish washing a 1/4 cap full in the rinsing water. Plus it was use in the army, plus we used a very small in drinking water. There is a lot of uses for bleach.
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When off the grid, I put a stopper in the sink. I wash the least dirty things with running water first. Once the sink has a good amount of water in it, I use it to wash the dirtier stuff. Sometimes I even leave the water, if it's not TOO dirty, for more dish washing later. I use a dish pan to set the clean dishes into so i can move it around due to very limited space.
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