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If you don’t have the luxury of using a dishwashing machine, then this article is for you. One of the challenges of not having a dishwasher is dishes tend to pile up on the counter. Even the best of home organizers can get frustrated by the second day of dishes looming in the kitchen.
Here are some tips for those people that prefer to wash by hand.
1. Remove the excessive food
The first step in cleaning your dishes effectively is to remove the excessive food left on the plate. You don’t need a sink full of food with the dishes you are trying to clean.
2. Use hot water and soap
Yes, we said it, to clean your dishes properly, you will need soap and hot water. You don’t have to sanitize them, so your water doesn’t have to be scorching. Use water that your skin can handle. The advantage of using hot water is hot water loosens up the food debris. The soap will remove the stuck on food particles.
If you are dealing with stubborn food particles from pots and pans that have baked on goods, let them soak for a little while before you clean them. The combination of hot water and soap will loosen up those cooked on gems.
3. Wash the cleaner items first
When it comes to the order of cleaning dishes, it may make sense to clean the things that are cleanest first. Get them out of the way, so you can work on the hard to clean items last. As you clean, food particles will end up in your dishwater, and this will help to speed up things when cleaning.
4. Open air dry your dishes
You’re not done yet! Most people reach for the dish towel to dry their dishes. When was the last time you washed that dish towel? Rather than using a potentially germ-infested dish towel, invest in a drying rack and let them air dry. Not only will air-drying prevent the spread of germs, but it will also take less time than wiping down each piece of flatware.