Ok this is serious...
1. People towels and dog towels are washed separately.
2. People towels/clothes and cleaning rags are DEFINITELY suppose to be washed separately.
(People towels that are washed with dog or cleaning rags become dog or cleaning rags. This can become expensive when these two rules are ignored)
3. Rags are washed after all the clothes are done, after the rags come the dog towels. This way cleaning rag juices that aren't killed with bleach get on dog towels instead of MY clothes.
Ok so your getting the idea right?
Well this isn't the only way this whole cross contamination idea can be applied. In our house we have 2 sponges, sounds simple right? One is for washing dishes that can't go in the dishwasher, the other is for cleaning the chickens eggs. Let me just take this moment to remind you that eggs are not the only thing that come from the back end of a chicken and their eggs MUST be washed. So yeah, I keep the dish washing sponge up so it isn't used for cleaning eggs or counters, it can *only* wash dishes (because you know, some of the things it washes goes in your mouth). The chicken sponge is usually left at the sink ready for the eggs. I am obsessive about warning anyone who may use a sponge which is which, you think they would listen. I don't let guest's do dishes but roommates are another story, haha. Back when we lived in Homer and had 2 roomies I warned those two OVER and Over about all this, because I just knew it was bound to happen. One afternoon just after they moved in I go up and one of them had done all the dishes, (it was really sweet and an unbelievable pile that day) being that it wasn't me or Marty who washed them I just had to ask....
me: You used the dish sponge right?
me: you didn't use the chicken sponge right??
him: ummmmm..... (looking a bit worried)
me: haha, which one did you use?
him: ummmmm...... that one...
me: I'm gonna wash all those dishes again, with a LOT of bleach
him: ok I'll help
**Never happened again after that, I can say for sure. LOL**
This whole cross contamination idea is another great reason for shower/hand soap in a squeeze bottle for guests. Ya know, because who wants to use the same bar of soap as the last guy, you never know where its been or what he may have touched before washing his hands.
My apologies to anyone who didn't share these peeves until now but I'm just wondering if any of you have your own cross contamination peeve? I may not have enough, lol.