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Old 06-15-2015   #11
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+1 on Steramine. We've used them on many trips and they are very convenient, easy to transport and store. It should be noted that in cold water they don't dissolve very well so I typically dump them in and then wait some time then hand crush them to aid in the process. I've also noticed that bleach is a mild flocculant as well.

As a side note I use 4 hot-dipped metal tubs (4.5 gal I think) for dishes. You can heat any of them, they nest, they don't rust and they're big enough (wide) for almost any dish/pot.

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Old 06-15-2015   #12
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I like these bleach tablets I found at Walmart: Clearon Bleach Tablets, 32 count, 5.64 oz -

I/4 of a tablet is the correct amount for 2 gals. of water which is my 12 qt. plastic wash tubs 2/3 full.

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Old 06-15-2015   #13
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If you are using a 3 or 4 bucket system when doing dishes, you can start warm and soapy and end cold with the bleach, right?
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Old 06-15-2015   #14
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That's how I did it, and it worked well for cleaning dishes, and making female boaters happy. Just don't spill your bleach bottle.

Now I will do it with Steramine, ordered via amazon prime. I will probably mix in a little heated water to get the temp up around 75F so the tablet will disolve a little quicker. The reason why the final rinse was cold was fuel economy; no reason, per se, that all phases couldn't be hot water, probably that's what your (non female) home dishwasher machine does. Been several decades since I worked a restaurant dish room, but there you use only hot water, almost at steam.
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Old 06-15-2015   #15
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For future reference:

Behrens has two different galvanized 4.5 gal tubs.

The C17GS is not hot dipped galvanized, and uses some form of silicon sealant to finish the seams. I have never heated mine on a stove, but I'm skeptical as to positive results if I did.

The C17 is hot dipped galvanized, and can be heated on a stove.

The C17 is somewhat larger at the bottom, so C17GS will fit in C17, but not the opposite.

I like galvanized tubs, use them for tons of things besides holding water for dishes.

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