Maybe you don’t have a dishwasher, or perhaps delicate glasses mean you have to do the dishwashing by hand. Either way, here are some helpful tips for getting your hands dirty and the dishes perfectly clean!
Don’t forget: Always read the instructions on a cleaning product before use – you need to make sure it is suitable for the material/surface.
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.
Dish Washing Steps
- If you don’t have a side sink, wash your dishes in a plastic bowl.
- Make sure your sink or bowl is thoroughly clean before you wash your dishes. If it’s dirty, you’re only going to be moving grease around.
- Fill your sink or bowl most of the way up with hot water and a few drops of dish soap. The hotter the water, the easier it will be to shift dirt, and the faster everything will dry. Use gloves if necessary; this will also stop your fingers going wrinkly.
- You should only need a little dish soap – don’t be tempted to use more. A few drops of Sunlight, for example, will go a surprisingly long way.