Today in health class at nursing school we watched this video. >>HERE<< It is a video from ABC news that shows the difference between proper hand-washing (20 seconds or more) and the kind of hand washing most Americans do (10 seconds or less). In it she pours Ecoli all over her hands and then first washes her hands for 10 seconds and rubs a petri dish, and then does it again but this time washes the correct way for 20 seconds and again rubs a petri dish. When they compare the petri dishes the results are amazing. So gross. I have definitely started washing my hands like crazy today!
But here's the thing. I came home and was washing dishes in my sink (because my house has no dishwashing machine, nor room for one) and I started thinking about those petri dishes. I soaked all my dishes in my big plastic dish pan and I poured Alchohol in it hoping to disinfect them. My question is how do I get dishes properly clean and free of germs while washing by hand? Do I wash each dish for 20 seconds? That is a LOT of water. Is it ok to soak them like I've been doing?
Also, how often am I supposed to disinfect my son's toys? (He's 13 months) How do I properly get the floor free from germs when I mop? Oh God THE GERMS! THEY'RE EVERYWHERE! *side eyes repeatedly*