Wash dishes normally. Prepare bleach sanitizing solution by adding 2 teaspoons of chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of warm water. Soak each dish in the bleach water for at least 2 minutes. Drain the soaked dishes, and let them dry naturally.
- Wash dishes with detergent
Remove food waste from the dishes before using the bleach solution. This is important because putting food into the bleach dilutes its chlorine concentration and destroys its sanitizing power. Set the cleaned dishes in a pile until ready for sanitizing.
- Prepare the bleach solution
Add 2 teaspoons of chlorine bleach to 1 gallon of warm water in a large basin. Do not make more than 3 gallons at a time. If unsure of chlorine concentration in the water, use chlorine test strips to ensure the solution is at least 200 ppm. The test strips are also helpful if the water is extremely hard because the dissolved solids in the water react with the bleach and weaken its sanitizing ability.
- Rinse the dishes in the bleach and water solution
Add cleaned dishes to the tub of water containing the chlorinated water. Allow them to sit in the water for at least 2 minutes. Do not use the solution with dishes that are made of aluminum, non-stainless steel, chipped enamel or silver, as bleach discolors these materials.
- Remove dishes from chlorinated water
Remove all the dishes from the chlorine and water solution, wearing gloves if necessary to protect the skin on your hands. Repeat the rinsing process with any additional dishes. Discard the bleach water.
- Air dry dishes
The dishes are now sanitary, so rubbing them with a dirty dish towel is counterproductive. Allow the sanitized dishes to dry in a dish rack until all water has evaporated. They are now ready to store.