How to Clean & Disinfect Lunchboxes
Dishwasher-safe plastic lunchboxes, bento boxes and insulated lunchboxes are modern marvels, taking a beating while protecting what you've packed. But whether you're a fan of the classic metal lunchbox or more modern types, spilled drinks and accumulated food grime will result in sticky, smelly messes that require attentive cleaning and deodorizing. When left too long, these messes become home to harmful germs.
Sometimes we need the extra step of disinfection in addition to cleaning, whether during cold & flu season or when you just can't get to those messes in time. Bacteria reproduces at alarming speeds, doubling in as fast as 20 minutes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) estimates that each year roughly 48 million people gets sick from a foodborne illness. That's a lot of germ transmission, and we employ all kinds of cleaning tactics to fight the spread of harmful bacteria. But second only to the cornerstone handwashing rule, proper disinfecting procedure is essential to this challenge.
- Remove any leftover food or gross buildup prior to disinfecting. For insulated washing-machine-safe lunchboxes and plastic dishwasher-safe lunchboxes, wash as usual before disinfecting.
- Hold Clean Finish Disinfecting Cleaner six to eight inches from the lunchbox and spray area until covered. Allow surface to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes. No scrubbing necessary.
- Allow treated surfaces to air dry or wipe off with clean cloth.
- When using on surfaces which come in direct contact with food such as plastic sandwich containers, rinse with clean water after use.
This product must not be used to clean eating utensils, glassware and dishes.
** According to the viruses and bacteria listed on these product's labels.
Cold statistics provided by WebMD.