Originally Posted by AllenMI
Quatenary sanitizers are used in the food industry, as you can't taste any residue, and it kills bacteria.
If you like the idea of soaking equipment in an antibacterial solution, go to a pool supply place and gets some clorine tablets. I can't think of the abbrieviation for them right now. Use a pair of pliars, crush half the tablet into a gallon of extremely hot water. Stir to dissolve the crushed tablet. Once that's dissolved, place your items in that and let it sit for a few minutes. Pull it out and air-dry.
That's how I learned to sanitize dishes out where I used to go backpacking.
That might not be true in some cases.
While it IS a very good idea because clorine kills bacteria & germs, if the blades on your knives are made from carbon steel, they could rust very severely.
Stainless Steel blades holds up much better in chlorine soaking. Generally, I wash all my knives except the cleaver in the dishwasher. The cleaver's blade is made from carbon steel.