that's what I thought too--good grief, cheese has been around forever, and there was a time that doc's didn't even wash between patients! but, when I made 4 cheeses that have turned to slimey black and orange things smelling of ripe baby diapers, and then, using the same milk, kitchen and tools, and recipes and make 4 rounds of very pretty cheeses, i'm sold on sanitation!~
and I admit to being in love with bleach, but as to not interfer with my cheese making, I put all my stuff into my mega big pot and steamed it good and long and hot. used tongs to remove the items, dumped the water into the sink (to use later in water bath, washing, etc.) and proceeded. took veyr little time, and i figure that extra time has now paid off very well--i will probably be able to eat this cheese, even in front of ppl!
I am keeping those funky wheels to see what happens to them btw. and, I bleached the dickens outta my dorm 'cave' too.