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.