Most of us learn how to wash dishes from our parents, who were taught by their parents. If they weren't taught how to wash dishes correctly, we would also just be passing down wrong information for generations.
It's time for me to confess: I've been washing dishes the wrong way for quite some time. I've been pooling bacteria in my kitchen sink by letting it sit for days, endangering my family and pets.
Housework is supposed to be simple, right? It's something that everyone can, and should be able to do? Yet, it's not as easy as we think.
Take a look at this kitchen sink setup, which will give you some essential tips on what you should do before you wash your dishes.
The drain rack, which has a drip pan under it, is on the counter beside the dirty dishes.
Make sure your kitchen sink has every one of these tools readily available:
- Dish soap
- Plastic net scrubber: They scrub gunk off easily and dry fast, but make sure you wash them properly after each use.
- Dish brush: You can scrape with these if they're sharp enough, and they're also great for pre-washing.
- Dish cloth: These are essential for wiping down counters. Make sure to wash them with soap after each use.
- Sponge: They don't dry fast, but they get the job done.
- Green scrubber pad: This will definitely remove the gunk off your dishes, protecting your family from any leftover bacteria.
- Sink stopper: If your sink needs or would benefit from a sink stopper, you'll definitely want to purchase a few. Make sure you change/wash them regularly.
Here are some more key tips on how to wash your dishes properly and safely. When I learned these steps, it really changed the way I cleaned my house, and best of all, it saved me lots of time!
Filling the sink
Wipe and rise the sink before plugging the drain and filling it up with hot water. Add at least two teaspoons of dish soap, or add enough so that suds cover the top of the water.
When you're washing...
Make sure you're cleaning the "cleanest" things first, such as glasses, before getting to the oily dishes. Also, make sure any leftover food on your dishes is wiped away.
The four step rule
- Soak: Let your items soak in the water before you scrub them. Make sure you don't overload your sink.
- Scrub: Scrub one thing at a time.
- Rinse: Put the dishes under the faucet on the dirty side and rinse with warm water.
- Drain: Place your dishes in the drain rack.
How to wash difficult items
You don't want to scrub the Teflon off of non-stick Teflon coated pans, so use a sponge or a dish cloth. Items with a metal-cutting edge and wooden cutting boards should not be soaked, rather they should be wiped off with soapy water. For blenders, make sure you screw off the bottom or take apart any area that can collect gunk.
Empty out the drain, and give your sink a quick rinse. If you don't want to let your dishes air dry, use a clean cotton dish towel to dry your dishes.
Did you learn something new? Let us know how you wash your dishes!