Dishwashers with Sanitizing Cycles – Are They Worth It for Baltimore Homes?

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As the coronavirus continues to disrupt our daily lives, many homeowners have been exploring the ways that they can keep their homes clean and families safe. The dishwasher plays a critical role here as proper cleaning of the dishes and glasses we use at home is really tough to do through hand washing in the sink. And one feature that has been getting a lot of attention lately is the sanitizing cycle. Sanitization has always been really important in a commercial context, but it hasn’t gotten too much attention until now for residential dishwashers. So are dishwashers with sanitizing cycles worth it? Let’s take a closer look at what the cycle actually does.

What is the Definition of ‘Sanitizing’?

We use the term often, but it’s worth pointing out that the Environmental Protection Agency has actually established a proper definition for sanitizing. The Agency considers any process that removes 99.99% of bacteria a sanitizing process. In the appliance industry, one group, the National Sanitation Foundation, tests the various products that hit the market and award certifications based on their performance. One of the most important certifications to check for is the NSF/ANSI Standard 184 – this indicates that the dishwasher can reach a temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit during the final cycle. This ensures that most food-borne bacteria are killed during this final cycle.

How do Sanitizing Cycles Work?

The idea behind the sanitizing cycle is to heat up the water inside the unit even higher than normal. The dishwasher unit takes in the hot water and heats it further using a specially designed heating element. Top of the line models can reach temperatures of up to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, though 155-160 degrees tends to be more common.

Should You Get a Dishwasher with a Sanitizing Cycle?

It’s worth pointing out that scientists currently do not know what temperature is high enough to kill the novel coronavirus. Nevertheless, a dishwasher with a sanitizing cycle offers many benefits and can help keep your family safe and healthy. Sanitizing your dishes will absolutely help your family stay healthy by preventing illness. It is very effective at killing off bacteria that can linger on plates and utensils. In addition, new units with sanitizing cycles tend to be very good at stain removal as well, since the high temperatures produced within the units can help loosen tough stains on plates and other dishes.


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