How to Sanitize Glasses in a Bar


Sanitizing glasses in a bar can be somewhat challenging, since even unseen residue from soap or beverages can leave an unsavory taste in beer as well as an unappetizing film on glasses. You can successfully sanitize bar glasses and have them sparkling clean by following a few simple steps and implementing some common cleaning aids into the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot water
  • Digital thermometer
  • Dish washing detergent
  • Sodium hypochlorite sanitizer
  • Baking soda
  • Fill three sinks or tubs with hot water. The temperature should read 170 degrees F.

  • Add powdered dish washer detergent to the first sink. Use this sink for initial washing of the bar glasses.

  • Add 200ppm of sodium hypochlorite sanitizer to the second sink. Wash the glasses, then soak them in the sanitizer for a minimum of 30 seconds to kill any remaining bacteria and organisms. See the Resource below for sodium hypochlorite purchase information.

  • Add four tbsp. baking soda in the third sink. Rinse the glasses in the baking soda solution, which eliminates chemical odors and thoroughly removes unseen film from the glass.

  • Soak each glass in a hot bath of water and two tbsp. baking soda.

  • Rinse thoroughly the glasses in hot water.

  • Allow the glasses to air dry. If they are completely clean, water droplets will not stick to the glass and leave spots. If you notice spots, repeat the cleaning and sanitizing process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adhere to manufacturer's warning labels on detergents and cleaning agents.

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