READERS DISCUSS: Dishwasher or hand washing has more germs

A READER wanted to discuss the pros and cons of washing your dishes by hand versus dishwasher, so The Bulletin posted the topic on Facebook.

Debbie Heinemann says she found recent research has shown that washing your dishes by hand leaves more bacteria on the dishes than dishwashers do, and that eating off these less-than-sterile dishes may actually decrease your risk of allergies by stimulating your immune system.

Which do you think leaves more germs on dishes?

This poll ended on 04 April 2015.

Current Results

Dishwasher

24%

Hand washing dishes

75%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Readers comments:

Elaine Hans - In MY opinion ( so please don't attack me) I think putting dishwashers in homes teaches laziness. I think it's a good chore to teach kids and takes a lot less time and money to do by hand.

Darlene Bowen - You could always get kids to stack and unstack the dishwasher

Amber Bielenberg - Yep ive been washing the dishes by hand for years. Nothing wrong with my family! Plus everytime I go to someones house and they have a dishwasher there are left over buts of food and grime on their stuff..

Neil North - The irony of this discussion is that there are more germs on the keyboard you are using right now.

Diane Bassett - I use a dishwasher and yes the dishes do come out squeaky clean.It is a convenience for me as we both work and sometimes do not get home till later at night. Yes it might be laziness to some but to me it's time well spent on other things.

Alan Stock - Worked fine since the dawn of time. Domestic dishwashers are laziness

Clint Ryan - Bacteria is killed at 60 degrees, considering hot water is regulated to 50 degrees in new homes and most people have to still cool that down with cold water, bacteria is still active. Whereas most dishwashers are designed to heat to 70+ degrees and killing any bacteria present.

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READER DISCUSSION: A reader wants to discuss the pros and cons of washing your dishes by hand versus dishwasher.Debbie...

Posted by The Morning Bulletin on Sunday, 29 March 2015


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