Washing Your Dishes

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 9, 2016)

2

Typically, when people wash their dirty dishes they do one of two things. The first is they load everything into the dishwasher and turn it on. Second, if they wash their dishes by hand, they scrub, scrub, scrub, and scrub some more till everything looks nice and shiny. While these methods might work to a certain extent, there is a better way to ensure that you have all your dishes perfectly clean. The method listed below will ensure that your eating and cooking implements are in as efficient of a manner as possible.

  1. Prepare. Begin washing your dishes by actually preparing the dishes to be washed. What this means is that you need to scrape off all the excessive food and other materials into the garbage can or garbage disposal. As you do this, stack each of the plates off to one side in an organized manner, so that you can make cleaning the plates as easy as possible in later steps. If there are any really dirty plates that have really caked-on or stuck-on food, then you should let them soak in soapy water (the hotter the better) for at least thirty minutes—or until the food has softened.
  2. Water. Once you have prepared the dishes, it is time to prepare the water. Be sure that you use water that is as hot as you can possibly stand it. The reason for this is that the hotter the water is, the cleaner your dishes. Most people can't stand temperatures that are more than 115( F, so if you are going to use water hotter than that, be sure to also use rubber gloves to help protect you from getting burned. As you are preparing the water, make sure you also put a little dishwashing detergent into one sink and keep another sink free from any soap so that you can rinse those dishes.
  3. Start Small. It is always better to start small and work your way up to the larger things. This means that you need to start with the flatware, silverware, glasses and cups. Using this method enables you to remove some of the clutter and free up some space for the bigger items that need cleaning, while also keeping your wash water as fresh as possible for your bigger items.
  4. Plates. After you finish cleaning the glasses and flatware, you are ready to begin washing your plates. Again, you need to start with the smaller items before moving your way up to the larger ones. As you wash the plates, start in the middle of the plate and work your way outward, while also keeping your eye on the water. You may need to change your wash water at least once depending on the number of dishes you have to clean. Make sure you change your wash water as often as necessary, otherwise you are simply spreading the dirt around to other items.
  5. Cooking Stuff. Now it is time to clean the pots, pans, skillets, and saucepans that you used to cook your meal. Use the same method that you have already become accustomed to, starting small and working your way up to the larger items.
  6. Rinse and Dry. After you clean your dishes it is time to rinse them off. Simply dip the plates, glasses, pots, pans, or other items that needed cleaning into the rinse water and hand to your helper for drying. If you don't have someone to help you dry, then you might want to get a washboard so that you can allow your dishes to drip dry until you have the time to hand dry them.
  7. Clean Up. After you clean your last pot, you are almost done. Before you can truly be finished, you need to clean up any mess that you may have made while you were cleaning. Once you have done that, you are ready to begin putting away your clean dishes.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Easy Gourmet Coffee

Ah, coffee...the nectar of the gods. How many times have coffee drinkers across the country said those exact words when they ...

Discover More

Removing Burnt Chili

Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to get rid of burnt chili? For some reason removing burnt chili is a fairly ...

Discover More

Questions to Ask a Carpet Cleaning Company

If you have carpeting in your home, then you know exactly how hard it can be to get them clean. While you may try to keep the ...

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Stains from Tupperware

Tupperware has got to be one of the greatest inventions for the kitchen of all time. These wonderful storage containers help ...

Discover More

Dealing with Heat Stained Pots

For the most part, stainless steel pots and pans are a great help to have in the kitchen. However, when they get those lovely ...

Discover More

Cleaning a Roasting Pan

Cleaning a roasting pan doesn't have to be as hard (or awkward) as we tend to make it. Help preserve the length and utility ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is six less than 6?

2016-05-09 21:54:56

JJ

I've said this before, and I'll repeat it. If you've got fruit or vegetable scraps, compost them. Don't put milk, meat, bones or other meat products in it, but fruit, vegetable and potato peels, inedible greens (carrot tops, etc.), eggshells, tea leaves, tea bags without the staple, coffee grounds, and such are all excellent compost. They break down in the soil and make it so rich that you can grow a garden as well as you can go out and buy produce. Look at it as giving back to the earth. You feed it, prevent waste, and save yourself the money you'd use for buying produce you can't guarantee to be really good the way you can if you grow it.


2016-05-09 13:28:40

PETRA

fill sink with hot water before gently stirring in the dishwashing detergent. This will prevent a foamy surface that you can't see through. Suds are unnecessary for actual cleaning.


Newest Tips
Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.