Good hygiene in handling food is very important. However, it is also important to make sure that the dishes and utensils used for serving food are clean. If dishes and utensils are washed in dirty, greasy water they will be covered with many microbes. If they are dried with dirty cloths they will collect more microbes.
Use soap for washing dishes and utensils. If water supplies are limited, washing water does not have to be drinking water quality. However, always rinse dishes and utensils with safe water after washing. Avoid drying them with cloths. It is much better to make a simple drying rack so that dishes dry in the sun. Not only is this more hygienic but it saves time!
Wooden, plastic and clay dishes and utensils need particular care in washing. Microbes can remain in cracks and rough surfaces. Enamel and metal containers are easier to clean.
Utensils that are clean and dry should be stored where pests and flies will not spread microbes on them. They can be stored on a drying rack and covered with a cloth. If there is a cupboard available, store them upside-down to stop cockroaches, mice and other pests crawling into them. Utensils should not be left lying on the ground.