- Reduce time and effort by work by preparing effectively.
- Protect your skin by wearing dishwashing gloves.
- Use the recommended amount of Vim liquid dish soap.
- Treat delicate pans appropriately.
It might seem simple at first – and it largely is – but there are a surprising number of useful steps to washing dishes by hand.
Before Hand Washing Dishes
As with so many things, using a few tricks before you need to hand wash the dishes can help save you time and effort.
- If dishes are left out too long, they dry out and become harder to wash. So, if you can’t wash the dishes immediately, cover them with water to prevent this from happening.
- If pans are heavily soiled – e.g. with burnt-on food – it may be necessary to soak them. Cover them with hot water and a couple of drops of dish soap and leave overnight. The dirt should lift off easily when you come to hand wash them.
- Invest in a pair of sturdy gloves for washing dishes and utensils so you don’t have to come into contract with the leftover food or worry about drying out your skin.
Tips When Hand Dishwashing
- Cast Iron and Other Delicate Pans. Pans used for frying often need special care to prevent rust. Always hand-dry these immediately (rather than leaving them to dry) and then rub them with a dry cloth and a little cooking oil to restore their protective oily layer. You may want to keep your dish gloves on for this!
- When the Plates Pile Up. If you have a big stack of plates or cutlery, put on your dishwashing gloves and submerge the whole lot in the sink. They’ll get a soak, and it’ll save you having to fetch them from the side one by one.
For more information on how to clean dishes by hand, refer to other Cleanipedia articles like this one.