Among all of household chores, washing dishes is by far regarded as the most openly and notoriously hated one. And for good reasons as well. Not only that we have to eat a few times a day at least leaving a mountain of dishes behind but also to clean the mess afterwards. Seems to me like that’s entirely too much work to do. Hence the dishwashers of course. Their usefulness is undeniable, but added the extra costs involved and the maintenance required, the scale is almost equally balanced. We will explore hand washing in somewhat more depth today to make it easier for a wider audience. Those having dishwashers have probably already discovered all the tricks to it, mainly because there aren’t too many.
Step 1 pre-cleaning
Inspect the sink for any food leftovers from the last time you washed dishes or did any cooking around the sink. Failing to do so, you risk clogging the sink the the additional particles trying to make their way to the sewers through the drain.
Step 2 Filling the sink
A cool little trick used by many is to fill the sink with hot water but be careful not to burn yourself. Balance the temperature so you can still stick your hands in and not suffer harmful consequences. Another way to accomplish the same thing is to place a fairly large bowl inside the sink and fill that one in instead. A bit more than half should do just fine. After all, you still need to put things in and out quite a few times at that.
It is likely you have sometime used pots and pans with some sticky grime and grease that will normally be tough to remove. You can soak this in the bowl for good 10-15 minutes just to make sure dirt will soften by the time you get to these items. Smaller stuff can be placed inside the pots and pans – all spoons, forks, knives, spatulas and the like can soak in before their turn to be washed has come. During an end of tenancy cleaning, oven trays are soaked in a similar fashion while the technician is cleaning other parts of the oven. So if the pros do it, why won’t you?
A few squirts of soap need to be added at this point in time. Stir that soap something good and make sure the water gets all bubbly and soapy. Wearing protective rubber gloves is recommended if you have sensitive skin or if afraid of cutting yourself on some of them utensils.
At this stage, we begin the washing process for good. Grab them one by one from the most fragile to the toughest. That order is the best if you want all of them back in use. First ice cream cups and glasses and only then dinner plates, silverware and pots and pans for last. Simplicity itself. Just scrub them with a sponge or steel wool but beware the latter one can harm the pottery so use it with caution.
Rinse the dishes through and through with warm water and put them on the drying stand. All the soap needs to be taken off the dishes otherwise it may be harmful the next time using these dishes.