Cleaning dishes in hot or cold water?


Old 02-06-06, 07:41 PM
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Cleaning dishes in hot or cold water?

How much value is there in cleaning with hot water? I've often wondered if using hot or warm water in the cleaning solution really makes that much of a difference compared to plain old room temp water. I know that soaking dishes in hot dish water may speed up the time for the dried or baked on stuff to become more easily removed, but it seems like soaking the same in cold dish water overnight accomplishes the same. Opinions?
Old 02-06-06, 08:06 PM
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Hot water and detergent help cut grease and food from dishes and provide cleaning power. Temperatures under 90 degrees will leave greasy film. Hot water kills bacteria. Dishes washed and rinsed in hot water dry quicker and tend not to be left with streaks. Rinsing temperature should be around 170-180 degrees to disinfect. Hands can not stand temperatures that high, so rubber gloves are recommended.

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