Ball says to sterilize canning jars before putting up fruits and veggies guess it should bee the same for honey.
A. Why does Ball recommend that?
B. Why doesn't any honey jar supplier?
Ask Dadant, Gamber/Dutch Gold, Maxant, BetterBee, or Brushy Mountain what their recommendations would be. Ask them why each box or order of jars doesn't come w/ a recommendation on how to handle jars before filling them.
I hope I am not coming off argumentative. As I wrote before, do what makes you happy. WAshing can't hurt, just isn't necessary.