Set yourself up for success by sanitizing containers and tools ahead of making your DIY. It takes just a bit of prep and allows for the most optimal shelf life. If you have a dishwasher, this prep is easy as pie for you, but if you don’t, no worries — just do what I do before each and every DIY I make. Click above to watch me in action, or follow along the easy steps outlined below. Let me show you how to sanitize containers ⏤ quick and easy, I promise!
How to sanitize containers
- IF YOU HAVE A DISHWASHER, include all items to be used and run a load as you normally would. Additionally, your dishwasher may have add-on settings “Sani-Wash” or “Sani-Rise” that can be added to the cycle
- Once the load is done, if time allows, let all items air or steam dry. Or towel dry making sure not to contaminate with dirty hands
- IF YOU DON’T HAVE A DISHWASHER, add all items to be used to a pot of boiling water and let boil for at least 10 minutes.* After 10 minutes, remove items from water with tongs and lay to dry. If pressed for time, towel-dry making sure not to contaminate with dirty hands
- Once all items are dry, spray all items down with an alcohol-based cleaner. Check out this recipe for the one I use. Wipe dry with a clean towel
- All done!
* Exclude this step for any items that might not survive extended boiling, such as plastic. Boiling plastic may also release harmful chemicals, so simply spray plastic items with an alcohol-based cleaner instead.