For some, it’s a therapeutic ritual. For the majority, it’s a boring hassle. There’s not much worse than a sink full of dirty dishes starting at you whenever you walk into the kitchen. Save time and effort by using these simple tips to wash your dishes:
1. Don’t stack dishes in your sink
Put your dishes on the counter next to the sink as opposed to in the sink itself. This will give you more room to work with and prevent the bottoms of your dishes of getting food on them. It also saves you time as you don’t have to unstack and then re-stack your dishes.
2. Start with cold water for dairy and starches
Using warm water on dishes containing dairy or starch may cause it to only stick to the surface more. Using cold water, then rinsing off with warm water is the way to go when dealing with foods like ice cream or butter.
3. De-grease with baking soda
Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your greasy pan along with a small layer of water. Heat it up until you can easily remove any build-up with a sponge or a brush. Rinse afterwards. Be careful to avoid accidentally burning yourself while heating the pan.
4. Let dishes soak
This seemingly simple step can save you a lot of time! Simply fill your dishes up with warm water and let them sit a few minutes until the gunk loosens up. In most cases, you should be able to wipe it right off with a sponge.
5. Rinse with bleach
Start off by normally washing and rinsing your dishes. If you want to go the extra mile to ensure your dishes are clean, add one or two teaspoons of bleach to a gallon of water. Place in your dishes and let them soak for 2 minutes. Take them out, rinse them off, drain, then air dry. Make sure to handle bleach carefully and avoid getting any on your skin. Also, make sure the bleach has dissipated completely before using your dishes for food.
6. Change your sponge
Sponges get old and gross after a while of heavy use. The scrubbing side of your sponge will eventually wear out and no longer be as effective. Just changing your sponge every one in a while can significantly improve your dish-washing.