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So my roommate and I havent done our dishes since November. How do we unfuck that mess? Toss them all out?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

This can be unfucked, but it’s going to be a little bit of a project.

What you’re dealing with: caked-on and dried food, mold.

What you need: your kitchen sink, dish soap, scrub brushes, gloves, household bleach, sponges, a dish rack or drainer, dish towels.

Take everything out of your kitchen sink. Fill it about 2/3rds of the way with very hot water, and several generous squirts of dish soap.

Add dishes until the sink is nearly full. Let them soak for at least an hour. Then, wearing gloves and using your scrub brush and sponges, work on removing all food particles from the dishes. Drain the sink.

Refill with cold water and 12 oz of bleach for every gallon of water, same dishes. The CDC has approved and consistently recommends a “weak bleach solution” (1:10 household bleach:water) followed by thorough rinsing for disinfection of dishes, cooking implements, and food preparation surfaces. Let soak for an hour, then drain sink and rinse dishes.

Refill sink about halfway with just hot water and dish soap, same dishes. Wash dishes as usual (soap, sponge, and water), rinsing thoroughly and then putting in the dish drainer. If your dish drainer fills up, dry the dishes with a towel. THEN PUT THE FIRST LOAD OF DISHES AWAY.

Repeat these steps until all your dishes are clean.

  1. ailbhe-leamy said: You can save time by soaking small things inside large things after that first wash - a big pan full of bleach water can soak glasses, cups, cutlery etc, for example.
  2. iatrogenic said: You are a very brave pair of souls. Good luck in your dishes endeavors. <3
  3. thurszilla said: I have come uncomfortably close to this myself. Godspeed, fellow duckling.
  4. thehats said: When I took my food handler’s class, they told us not to put bleach in hot water, because it evaporates out rapidly, becoming useless in the water and putting a greater concentration into the air to be breathed in. Bleach water should be cold.
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