The CDC recommends using disposable plates, cups, and utensils; if possible. Otherwise, household dishwashers are generally safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.55°Celsius), or if the dishwater has a sanitizing cycle. Be sure to sterilize all baby bottles prior to use.
- To wash dishes by hand the CDC recommends first washing and rinsing the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
- Then, in a separate basin, soak the dishes for 1 minute in a disinfectant solution (1 teaspoon unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water).
- Let the dishes air dry completely before using again.