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Old 08-07-2019, 06:12 PM   #1
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Porcelain bowl broken a little bit at the edge, is it still safe to use?

I did not know that, I think it was due to a sudden drop from height but it was only a little drop. A tiny broken piece at the edge, where it would touch my mouth, is it still safe to use?

Is it more safe to always use plastic-like bowl instead

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Old 08-07-2019, 07:11 PM   #2
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Shouldn't be an issue. Can you turn the bowl and sip from the unshipped part of the edge?
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Old 08-07-2019, 08:15 PM   #3
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Porcelain can be sanded. You will still have a small divot, but it won't be sharp if you sand where it is chipped.

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Old 08-08-2019, 08:00 PM   #4
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If I had nothing else to use, I would use it but my Mom claimed chipped dishes could not be sanitized properly. As always, it's your choice.
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Old 08-08-2019, 09:13 PM   #5
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I'm sure a craft store has some sort of material you can use to fill the gap. It doesn't have to be gold
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I still think, if you have some time to kill, you could start with some coarse sandpaper, and keep getting finer until the chip is safely smooth. As for the divot.... call it "character."

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If I had nothing else to use, I would use it but my Mom claimed chipped dishes could not be sanitized properly. As always, it's your choice.
I have heard that too. It would make a certain amount of sense that microorganisms could stay on the part that is no longer protected by glaze.
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I have heard that too. It would make a certain amount of sense that microorganisms could stay on the part that is no longer protected by glaze.
Microorganisms are on everything, all the time.
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:03 AM   #10
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there is a difference between (actual) china and other 'pottery' materials.
the clay particles in chine are much finer, it's fired to higher temperatures, the finished product is essentially glass and no longer porous.


in contrast to, for example, earthenware. it may be glazed to 'seal' the surface, but if it's broken the exposed break will absorb liquids.


which is one explanation to the "can't be sanitized" theory.
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