- Tackling Dish Duty: The EASIEST Way To Handwash Dishes
Tackling Dish Duty: The EASIEST Way To Handwash Dishes
There’s a very good reason the dishwasher was invented…Because doing the dishes by hand really sucks!! That being said, there are a couple great tips and tricks that can make the process a little easier on you.
First, you’ll want to start with your water as hot as possible. Hot water helps break down particles of food more easily, dissolves oil and grease and helps to eliminate germs on your dishes.
Then, it’s time to add your dish soap. Have you ever wondered how dish soap actually works? Well, I thought you’d never ask.
Each soap molecule is comprised of a head and a tail. The head of the molecule is hydrophilic which means it’s attracted to water while the tail is hydrophobic, meaning it’s attracted to oil an grease. When both these attractions happen, the water and the grease become linked allowing you to use friction and gravity to separate them from the dish. Shampoo, body wash and soap all work in a very similar way.
Phew…Now that we have that sorted out, it’s time to tackle the dishes. But where do we start?
The general rule is from the mouth outwards, meaning the items you have closest to your mouth should be washed when the water is hottest and cleanest.
In my house, I like to start with glassware, followed by flatware, then plates and bowls, serving spoons, serving dishes and finally pots and pans.
For pots and pans that are particular tough to clean, before I start with the dishes I fill them with water and few tablespoons of baking soda and bring them to a boil on the stove.
Instead of using the rubber drainer that comes with your drying rack, opt for a high-sided baking sheet which will trap water and is more resistant to mildew. Just empty it after use.
Once you’re finished, you should clean your sinks with a solution of half water and half white vinegar.
And voila!! Dishes are done and you’ve got the rest of the evening to yourself. Pour a nice glass of wine…you’ve earned it!