Is it safe to wash dishes during a boil water advisory?

If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory. Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 160 degrees F. or the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle. Sanitize all baby bottles. 

To wash dishes by hand:

1. Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.

2. In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.

3. Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.

4. Let the dishes air dry completely before using them.

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