Kitchen hygiene

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Kitchen hygiene

Postby hankypants » Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:01 am

Hi, I'm new to Food, Drink and Eating out....

Have had a couple of chats with friends about something I'd never really given much thought to before....

The question is (ooo maybe I could have a poll)....

who here washes their pet bowls in the dishwasher with their crockery.

and who doesn't.


Thanks - the jury is out.
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Re: Kitchen hygiene

Postby hankypants » Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:03 am

oh :cry:

i'm the only one browsing this forum.

how sad

I feel so lonely


:cry: :cry:
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Re: Kitchen hygiene

Postby notdeadfred » Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:34 am

No, I hose 'em down. My animals live outside. I once put the dog bowl in the diswhaser my husband nearly divorced me :lol: :lol:
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Re: Kitchen hygiene

Postby HawkEyes1 » Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:24 pm

hankypants wrote: The question is (ooo maybe I could have a poll).... who here washes their pet bowls in the dishwasher with their crockery. and who doesn't.

I must admit on occasion that I do put my dog's water and food bowls in the dishwasher. However, I use only stainless steel bowls, not plastic bowls, and that definitely affects my choice. As also his breed, a beautiful, elegant, dainty, little Pomeranian, who is very fussy about what he will or will not eat! I might not think the same of a heavy, large-jowled, slobbering, garbage-eating dog, but see also my link below on that topic!

Further, if you are considering this purely from a hygiene standpoint, I was under the impression that a dog's mouth had fewer germs than a human's mouth; that a dog's kiss was more hygienic than a kiss from a fellow human; and that a dog bite was less deadly than a human bite (unless of course the dog was rabied)!

Apparently, a dog's saliva naturally kills some bacteria, especially escherichia coli (one of the deadliest), whereas a person, who had not washed his/her hands or had not brushed his/her teeth before sitting down to dinner, may have hands and a mouth teeming with bacteria, which in turn would be transfered to not only the crockery but the cutlery too.

While not conclusive for all bacteria, here are the results from a Science Fair Project:

http://www.all-science-fair-projects.co ... 1c0ff.html

Trust you are not so lonely now, hankypants!
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Re: Kitchen hygiene

Postby notdeadfred » Sat Apr 05, 2008 2:51 pm

I thank you hawkeyes, I shall stop washing at once, I will strip and let the dog slobber all over me (oohherr!! :wink: )
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Re: Kitchen hygiene

Postby mrsgaz » Sat Apr 05, 2008 3:59 pm

Cat bowls go in the dishwasher. Or are handwashed - depends on what day and if husband sees! :wink:
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Re: Kitchen hygiene

Postby hankypants » Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:26 pm

Thanks for your replies...No I wasn't asking so that I could decide what to do - I was asking to see just how bad my OCD is!!!! :wink:

My friend has just told me she puts her cat bowls in the dishwasher and it makes me feel quite ill. It's not just the normal cat germs - cats lick their bums!!!! :D

I don't put my cat bowls in, in fact, since a nasty experience a couple of years ago when my husband put fresh cat food on top of the old cat food and when I put it all in the bin there were maggots in it (hot summer), my cat only has a water bowl. Her food goes on a paper plate which then gets put in the recycling.

Anyway I had a look on some hygiene websites and they all said don't do it but i'm sure it's much more common than I imagine. I can't even stick seeing animal food bowls around the work surface in the kitchen.

Don't worry, I realise that it's just me (well and my husband cos the thought makes him gag) so I'm not being disapproving.

But I can't go to my friends for coffee anymore :cry: unless I bring my own mug!!!! :bounce:

It's just me I'm sure. :oops: :oops: :oops:

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Re: Kitchen hygiene

Postby Roshana » Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:08 am

We once had dinner at my ex mother-in-laws home. Just as we'd finished eating she took her dinner plate and put it on the floor to feed the dog her table scraps. :shock: I almost lost my dinner right there and then. Both she and hubby thought I was crazy.

I wash the dogs dish by hand but do admit I have snuck it in the dishwasher afterwards just to kind of sanitise it, so to speak.
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Re: Kitchen hygiene

Postby inthedark » Thu May 08, 2008 6:25 pm

My kitty is no longer with me :( but when he was I would actually do both - first a quick wash in the sink (by themselves) then into the dishwasher for a thorough sanitizing! I guess it always creeped me out a bit to think of putting them in the dishwasher without a bit of a clean first - as much as I adored my kitty, he was still an animal! :wink:
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Re: Kitchen hygiene

Postby Mr.Shifter » Thu May 08, 2008 6:50 pm

In the dishwasher after a quick swill under the tap - my dogs have dried food only if that makes a difference. Their water bowls gets hosed down and refilled from the outdoor tap.
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