Lifestyle Productivity

Dishwashing by hand made easy

Not using a dishwasher? Learn how to use your hands for equally good results.

If you don’t use a dishwasher, washing dishes by hand seems a daunting task, but a few simple tips and tricks make dishwashing a whole lot easier and better.

  1. Prepare dishwashing supplies before you begin – dishwashing bar or liquid, scrubber, dishcloth, wiping cloth or sponge, dish rack or tray to transfer washed items.
  2. When hand-washing dishes, remember the three steps: wash, rinse, sanitize.
  3. Scrape dishes clean of leftovers, and lightly rinse before washing. Pre-soak dishes with hardened residue a few minutes or overnight in case of tough residue. For a quick fix, pour a few drops of liquid detergent or squeeze a lemon directly over greasy residue. The acid in lemon juice neutralizes the fat, leaving less grease to clean.
  4. Wash least soiled dishes and glassware first, and do greasy, stained dishes last.
  5. Rinse thoroughly making sure no traces of soap remain on the dishes.
  6. If you don’t need clean dishes immediately, air drying on a dishrack, tray or or tub is hygienic and takes les effort than wiping with a dishcloth. If you’re using a tray, it’s a good idea to lay spoons and knives flat at the bottom, and arrange other items on top going from smallest to largest. If you use a tub, arrange dishes at an angle to each other and facing inward creating a pyramid-like stack with plates and large dishes on the outside. This simple trick helps ventilate the stack allowing dishes to dry quickly, and leaving only small items at the bottom of the tub to be wiped dry.
  7. When finished, wipe off water spilled around the sink and counter-top with a sponge or wiping cloth.
  8. Sanitize scrubbers and sponges after every wash, using the same dishwash bar or liquid, or soak in hot water and wash, squeeze hard and always air dry. Do not use dishcloths for any other purpose, and wash regularly in a washing machine. Use a separate scrubber or sponge for the kitchen sink.

By Romeo Coutinho

Rationalist, truth seeker, full time writer, part time dreamer.

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