Let’s face it, we all like to eat using clean dishes, but no one really enjoys the task of actually washing them. Below, we have come up with some handy tips to make the process go by faster and easier, so that you can get back to doing the things that you really enjoy.

This guide is perfect for people who don’t have a dishwasher or have dishes that aren’t safe to put in the dishwasher. Read below for our guidance on making the process of this necessary evil go by quicker.

Rinse Your Dishes in Hot Water After You Eat

Right after you get finished eating, rinse your plates and silverware thoroughly to prevent food items and particles from sticking to your dishes. Use as hot of a temperature of the water as you can stand (the hotter the better!) so that nothing can stick to your dishes.

When finished with rinsing your dishes, place them in a bin near the sink so that you always have room to continue washing your dishes in a clean area.

Use Gloves

If you don’t like wrinkly hands as the end result of washing your dishes – or maybe getting food on your hands doesn’t sound fun, you should protect your hands by using gloves. This is also good for women with painted nails or people with manicures.

Use a Quality Sponge and Great Soap

In order to do a great job with washing dishes, you should first start with great tools. A quality sponge goes a long way in reducing your scrubbing time and giving your dishes a clean shine that you will be happy to eat from. Purchasing good dish liquid is also a key ingredient in getting your dishes properly cleaned. Soap that is of good quality will not appear too watery as it leaves the dispenser and will cut grease, so make sure you buy something that will get the job done.

Soak Tough to Clean Pots, Pans and Other Dishes

Like most people, you probably have dishes, pots and pans that are tough to clean. If you have an empty bin, run some hot, soapy water in there and place your tough to clean items inside. By the time you have finished cleaning all of your other dishes, the dishes you’ve set aside for soaking might be ready to clean.

Have an Order of the Dishes to Wash First and So Forth

For the unaware, you should have an order of the dishes you wash by hand. If not, see the listing below:

  • Glassware – These items go first because you hold them up to your mouth. Glasses and other cups should be washed first because they are the least likely to be greasy or overly dirty. You wouldn’t want to wash your glasses after washing your greasy pots and pans, right?
  • Silverware – These utensils go in your mouth and for the same reason should be washed ahead of any dishes that are overly dirty or greasy.
  • Plates and Bowls – Plates and bowls are next because they still might have food particles attached to them, but aren’t nearly as potentially greasy as your pots can be.
  • Greasy Serving Dishes – Just before your pots and pans are any dishes of which you’ve served food.
  • Pots and Pans – Pots and pans can be washed last because food particles are more apt to stick to their greasy surfaces.

Note: Drain the sink of any dirty water as needed and repeat as necessary.

Cleaning dishes isn’t always fun, but it doesn’t have to be a dreaded task if you have the proper tools. For the best results when it comes to washing dishes by hand, follow these simple rules:

  1. Buy an inexpensive dish rack to allow your dishes a place to dry properly.
  2. Make a schedule for you and your family members to take on the task of washing dishes.
  3. Take breaks when cleaning large quantities of dishes so you don’t feel burnt out.
  4. Turn on your favorite music.
  5. Get to washing those dishes!

Washing dishes is a task that no one really wants to do, unless you're a professional cleaning company :) When you prepare yourself with great tools, your dishes will always come out nice and clean.

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