Hose water to wash dishes?

Discussion in 'Food Safety' started by worktogthr, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    My friend and I were discussing making an outdoor sink for my BBQ area. Initially we were going with just a small stainless steel bar sink for hand washing only. Using a garden hose since this water will not be used to drink or cook. We were tossing around the idea of using a plastic slop sink which would be cheaper but also much larger. So my question is... I know you can't drink hose water safely because of lead and what not...and I know hot water is ideal for washing dishes... But can you safely wash large pans and utensils with hose water as the source of this sink? I see on the internet plastic filet tables with hose fed sinks. Maybe just for hand washing but you would think that same water might be used to clean that table top which then comes into contact with the fish or other game.

    Is this a crazy question? Haha thanks for any insight.
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Save yourself some work and expense...   Use disposable gloves....   Those clear plastic, one size fits all are cheap....  personally I like the nitrile..  and your guests will think you are professional....   1000 gloves $12....  and they will come in handy around the homestead...  in the garage too...   in the garden....   changing diapers....  

     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Wow, growing up in the 60's and 70's the Hose WAS our drinking water. Playing all day in dirt and in the woods, you would have your A$$ handed to you for tracking that dirt through Mom's clean house just to get a drink of water. IMO, I'm not an expert but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express once, these reports are not unlike the recent anything Cured will Kill you reports. Sure, use a Hose as the sole supply of water to your house for drinking, cooking, cleaning and bathing and it could be dangerous. Wash a Pan in your outdoor sink once in awhile for convenience sake or Wet a rag and wipe the table. I highly doubt there will be any issue whatsoever. Heck, what volume of residual water is on the pan after rinsing? One 1/4 maybe 1/2 ounce? Less on the table? There has to be a bigger health risk from Breathing the Wood Smoke for 10 hours, using Salt and Sugar in your Rub, Eating 8 to 12 ounces of Fatty Pulled Pork and having a couple of Beers or Sugary Sodas, all the while having the Suns UV Rays ravage your skin cells. Lead Free Hoses are available at any Hardware Store...JJ [​IMG]  
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
    grillard likes this.
  4. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    haha I agree with you.  I grew up drinking hose water as a kid all summer long.  And for that matter water from water fountains that tastes like dirty pennies...Not usually an alarmist about stuff like this but since this sink will be used when entertaining others I wanted to make sure there wouldn't be any serious hazards of doing this.   This is not going to be for drinking at all so I guess you are right and I should maybe go for the cheaper and larger option.  Thanks as always!
     
  5. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    The work will be minimal, as will the expense especially because slop sinks can be found cheap, I have tons of wood I can use to make some kind of inclosure (so the wife doesn't ask why the laudry sink is on the deck, and it will be a fun project.  I also like the convenience of rinsing, washing pans and untenils outside.  I do have plenty of those gloves around for cooking but I get frustrated with them haha
     
  6. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I have a laundry sink in my backyard that I wash pans, smoker grates, tools, & we pot plants in there. Been doing it for years. No problems yet. 

    Al

    Here's a photo.

     
  7. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Here is Smokin Al's fine setup.  Just admiring it!

    [​IMG]You could always have a hot water bib added to your outside setup from the hot water source.

    I HAVE used the hose for many years without incident.  Well, perhaps just one.  When I started cooking I had brunette hair, and now it is more grey than brunette.  Never made the connection to it being the hose water until now..[​IMG]

    Gonna tell the home boss [​IMG]  to call the Center for Disease Control. . . . . . .

    Thanks for the "heads up".  Best of luck to you.
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016
  8. I have thought about doing this as well hose water doesn't bother me I grew up drinking it out of the hose and still do from time to time if you are going to enclose it I know they make small at source hot water heaters for camping could be worth looking at to do dishes
     
  9. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thats exactly what I was thinking about Al.  Does it just drain into the ground next to the sink?
     
  10. chopsaw

    chopsaw Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Remember the drinking fountains that screwed on the hose bib ? 

    Just saw one one e bay brand new ( as in still making them ) with a faucet and a fountain . 
     
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Hey Chris,

    Yes it does.

    I bought it at HD and it came as a package including the faucet and all the plumbing for the faucet & the plumbing for the drain. I just added a piece of PVC & ran the drain water into the bushes. Not sure but I think the whole pkg. was $89 or $99.

    Al
     
  12. If drinking water from a hose could kill you I'd be dead. I still do. I think you'll be fine
     
  13. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Al,

    Is it glacier bay by any chance? I see someone right nearby has a brand new one on Craigslist for $50!
     
  14. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'm not sure if it was Glacier Bay. Go to Homedepot.com & search laundry tub. I'm sure it will come up.

    Al
     
  15. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I just checked it didn't come up.

    Maybe Lowe's.

    But $50 sounds like a deal, I'd go for it!

    Al
     
  16. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hhaha a little bad luck. The guy who posted it on Craigslist supplied the wrong phone number and no other way to contact him. I got this message when I tried to text him. "Someone listed my number by mistake. I am not selling anything"
     
  17. Like most everybody I know growing up in the 50's and 60's The water hose was our main drinking water source .

    If you are really concerned get a Lead & BPA free safe drinking water hose (Amazon has a 50' for about 20 bucks

    But I don't think doing a few dishes will hurt you

    Gary
     
  18. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]
     
  19. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Be careful, they might also slip and tell her that it ain't really snake bite medicne
     
  20. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you don't have gravel and just soil, the ground will become mushie and muddy. if you take a short piece of pipe, dig a hole and bury it to ground level, fill with crushed river rock  or gravel. I use white river rock under my gratings ( but the color fades with age), to drain the water properly. I see Al has pavers on gravel. Maybe a 6"x 24" PVC. Ask Home depot whomever you get the sink from for their broken pieces in the bone pile.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016

Share This Page