Wash, rinse, sanitize. Three words to remember if you want a passing grade when the health inspector check your restaurant kitchen’s food handling practices. All you need to clean safely is a 3 compartment sink, soap, hot water, sanitizer and Indigo® chlorine test strips. Watch the video below and you should pass with flying colors.
Wash, Rinse, Sanitize: 3 Sink Cleaning
This video shows easy to follow instructions for proper washing, rinsing, sanitizing in your 3 basin sink followed by air drying. There are links to various Indigo® Sanitizer/Disinfectant Test Strips listed throughout the article.
Which Restaurant Sanitizer Test Strips?
Chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is the most common & most economical sanitizing chemical used in restaurant kitchens. Just buy regular bleach at your supermarket and dilute it to 50, 100ppm or 200ppm. Economical & easy to read Indigo® 0-200ppm chlorine/bleach test strips are shown below. All you have to do is dip the strip in the bleach solution and compare to the color chart. You’ll know in seconds whether your bleach rinsing solution is at strength or needs bolstering or replacing.
Restaurant QAC/Multi Quat Sanitizer Test Strips
Quat, also known as QAC (quaternary ammonium chloride), is also popular, especially for hard surface sanitizing & disinfection. There are many different quat mixtures but the Indigo® 0-400ppm QAC/QR test strips shown in the picture below will work with all of them, single or multi-quat.
Need more information? Read our blog: Quaternary Ammonium Compounds-Organic Disinfectants
Dishwasher Sanitizer Iodine Test Strips
Iodine is the least common of the kitchen sanitizers. It has largely been replaced by chlorine & quat sanitizers in commercial dishwashers. Click here if you need Iodine Test Strips.
How Do I Dilute Correctly?
Our dilution calculator will work with any of these disinfectant chemicals and lets you dilute any starting concentration down to any volume.
Need more information? Read our blog: Diluting Chlorine, Peroxide or Quat Sanitizers is Easy