There are two ways to wash your dishes by hand. You may use one sink or a double bowled sink. Don’t forget to scrape the leftover food from the plates before actually washing them.
Here are the steps to take:
1. Use hot water to fill in the sink
Use some very hot water (not too hot as you don’t want to burn yourself either). Don’t fill the sink completely, as you need space for the dishes too, a half full should be enough.
You may use a large bowl in the sink and not the sink itself. It’s going to be easier when changing the water.
At this time, you may also fill the pots and pans with some water, especially if they have been baked on grime that is difficult to hart to get off. Let them sit for 15 minutes or so. You may also throw in spatula or knives, for easier cleaning.
2. Add the soap
Use a couple of dish soap for hand washing to the sink, making a uniform solution, bubbly enough. You may wear some rubber gloves if your hands are sensitive. You may protect yourself from cutting on any utensils when wearing rubber gloves.
3. Let’s go
It’s always better to begin with the glasses and fragile plates, as the one you use for dessert. Continue with the flatware and the dinner plates. You should end up with the pots and pans, along with the cooking utensils that have been soaking until now.
You should always begin with the delicate items as you don’t want to break them. It’s wiser to wash the most soiled items in the end as they may get the sink and all the other items dirty right from the beginning.
You may start by immersing the dishes in the water, scrubbing any grease, food or sauce off using a good kitchen brush. Some like to use a sponge or a steel wool pad, but it’s a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind that steel wool is kind of abrasive so you shouldn’t use it on delicate materials (stainless steel). Use the corner of a scrub pad or dish cloth when cleaning the forks, so you can really get between the tines.
When the sink is too full of gunk, you should replace the water for cleaning well all the other dishes.
4. Rinse the dishes
After you finished cleaning, you need to rinse it off for removing soap. If you have a double-bowled sink, it’s not that difficult. You only need to fill the other sink with lukewarm water, dunking the dishes in it for rinsing.
When you only have one sink, simply rinse the dishes under the tap with some lukewarm water.
Double check each dish to see that you did a good job. Any stain of sauce or food is going to show and you need to take off the gloves for a better check-up.
5. Dry the dishes
When you’re sure that each dish is clean, you need to wash your hands too. use a dish towel to dry off. It’s easier to dry the dishes as you go and not do them all at the end, as they may get streaks or spots for staying wet for too long.
You may want to ask one of your kids to help you do it. If you’re alone, get a good drying rack. Put the bowls and glasses in the rack upside down for more efficient drying.
6. Store the dishes
Once your dishes are clean and dry, it’s time to put them back in the cabinet. It’s going to be easier for you to find them later, for sure.
7. Clean the dishwashing area too
When you’re done with storing the dishes, you should also wipe down the dish rack with a damp cloth. You don’t want any mineral build-up from hard water. Don’t forget to wipe out the sink for removing all foods debris.