Organizing Tip: How to Efficiently Wash Dishes by Hand

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Image of phrase, How to Efficiently Wash Dishes by Hand It may be the first week in November, but Thanksgiving Day will be here before you know it.

You know what that means…lots of food, and a heck of a lot of dishes.

Even if you have a dishwasher, some dishes are either too fragile or over-sized to run through a wash cycle.

It’s time to go back to basics of dish washing.

Today’s post provides you with a few tips on how to wash dishes efficiently by hand.

Wash dishes in the proper order.

Did you know there’s a certain order in which you should wash dishes?

It’s easier to handle similar items one after another, plus you’ll reduce the chance of accidentally breaking fragile items.

Here’s the dish washing list to follow:

  • Glassware
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Flatware and Utensils
  • Pots and Pans

Line up items to be washed.

Gather all dishes to be washed in one area of a counter top or kitchen table so you can quickly process and wash items. You’ll be able to wash items one after the other instead of running back and forth across the kitchen looking for things to be washed. Arrange items in the proper dish washing order (see above) and you’ll be set.

Don’t overload the sink.

It sure can be tempting to dump all your dishes into the sink until they are stacked sky-high, but the truth of the matter is you’ll need some free space to actually maneuver dishes. Aim to keep the sink half-full and you’ll have enough space to pick up, wash and rinse dishes.

Wash as you go.

Don’t save all your dirty dishes like they’re going out of style! This is especially true if you are in the process of cooking or baking. Wash items as soon as they are soiled and pre-soak dishes if necessary. Don’t forget to empty out the dish rack as you go along so you have a place to put those freshly washed dishes.

Now to you… do you find you have to more dishwashing by hand during the holidays? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!

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2 Responses

  1. Kelly
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    Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!! I’m terrible at washing dishes by hand because I grew up with a dish washer. Well I married a man without one….go figure. This is going to help me trimendously! Ah!!! I’ve been searching for something just like this for years!! You my dear are my hero! My dish washing hero!

    • Rashelle
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      You are quite welcome Kelly! Glad I could be of help. Thanks for your comment. Best, Rashelle