Dishwashers Clean & Kill Germs

13 Hygiene

Few of us use hot enough washing-up water to get dishes really clean. Discover how dishwashers help you blast away harmful germs.

Think about life in a busy household. Three meals a day, plus snacks and spillages, maybe a pet or two, and it’s no wonder we worry about germs in the kitchen. They can hang around in areas that look pretty clean – like in your sink and on dishcloths. Let’s take a closer look at how hand washing your dishes compares to using your dishwasher.

Washing up woes

Few of us use hot enough washing-up water to get dishes really clean. Only water above 60°C will leave your dishes hygienically clean, but studies* have found that most of us use washing-up water which is a long way from this temperature. In fact, research has revealed that some households were washing up in lukewarm water that was only 27.5°C; much lower than the recommended temperature and not warm enough to effectively kill bacteria.

Water inside a dishwasher is heated up to 75°C, which gives you a much more hygienic clean than washing dishes by hand. A fact that’s sure to make you a dishwasher enthusiast.

High temperatures kill germs

The water in your dishwasher is heated to high temperatures, which helps to kill bacteria lingering on your cutlery, dishes and glasses.

Even on a short cycle, your dishwasher will be able to reach temperatures hotter than your hands could endure in the sink. Therefore using a dishwasher not only cleans your dishes thoroughly, but is also effective in helping to kill bacteria which could be harmful to your family.

Hand washing may not clean things as thoroughly, either. Using a dishwasher solves that problem with powerful detergents such as Finish Quantum Max tablets.

Sponges and tea towel harbour germs

Did you know the kitchen harbours more bacteria than any room in the house, including the bathroom?

From kitchen sinks to sponges and tea towels, germs thrive in moist, warm environments meaning it doesn’t take much for your kitchen to become a breeding ground for bacteria. In fact, studies have shown that kitchen sponges are often the number one source of germs in your house.1

Tea towels are also responsible for becoming a germ breeding ground when used to dry dishes, hands and counter tops. So, if you’re washing and drying your dishes with items that could potentially be home to bacteria, are your dishes really as clean as you think they are?

Using a dishwasher means you won’t be washing your clean cutlery, dishes or glasses in a dirty sink or with germ ridden sponges. When your dishwasher is topped up with Finish Rinse Aid, it dries everything too, so there’s no need to use tea towels either.

Smart Dishwasher Design

From the design of the rack to the way the water sprays within the machine, modern dishwashers often include a range of high tech features that generally make them better than hand washing.

In the enclosed environment a dishwasher, Finish Quantum Max can get to work so you don’t need to spend time scrubbing your dishes. Simply scrape off any excess food, stack them in your dishwasher and let your machine and let Finish Quantum Max do the rest for you! 

Powerful Detergents

Dishwasher cleaning products, such as Finish Quantum Max, will help you to get the best possible clean from your dishwasher. It now comes with 14x power actions, including Glass and Silver Protection and Shine Booster, for our best ever clean and shine!

Remember it’s important to look after your dishwasher to ensure you get the most out of your machine. Find out more about how to get the best from your dishwasher here.

So there you have it, that very hot wash, the powerful ingredients in modern dishwasher detergents, plus the hands-free drying process all add up to one thing: hygienically clean dishes. Here’s a quick recap of how your dishwasher helps to keep your tableware clean:

  1. Dishwashers use very hot water (up to 75°C) which helps to kill bacteria
  2. Using a dishwasher means there’s no need for germ-harbouring sponges or tea towels
  3. Powerful dishwasher detergent Finish Quantum Max delivers a sparkling shine

* Hygiene Audit Systems UK, 2012 and Bonn University 2008 Washing-up study.