Are Your Dishes Really Clean? Here's the Most (and Least) Sanitary Way to Dry Them
Sometimes, the decision between air-drying your dishes and reaching for a dishtowel is simply a matter of the amount of available space on your dish rack. And if you own a dishwasher, letting your dishes dry in the appliance may be the easiest option. Most of us probably let convenience guide our dish-drying habits, but there's one more factor to consider: the cleanliness of our chosen technique.
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, there is actually a hierarchy of most to least sanitary methods. That's right: having clean dishes isn't just about washing them, but also about drying them in a way that doesn't sabotage your cleaning efforts. To make sure, let the ranking below be your guide—start with the most sanitary drying technique possible, then work your way down the list.