Tips for washing dishes by hand so your kitchen sink always looks clean and tidy. Even without using a dishwasher, you’ll be able to tame those dirty dishes quickly and efficiently without feeling overwhelmed!
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Would you believe me if I told you that we have a dishwasher we’ve never used? It’s true. Our house has a dishwasher, but I don’t even know if it works because I’ve never used it!
Seriously, Josh could hide my birthday present in there and I’d never know it. 🙂
I’m a hand washing kind of girl through and through. I find that washing dishes by hand prevents me from running out of clean dishes, uses much less water than a dishwasher, and keeps my kitchen looking clean and tidy all day long.
And the best part is that it really doesn’t take long at all to wash dishes by hand! The key is to stay on top of the job so your dishes never have a chance to pile up.
If you’d like to try washing dishes by hand, then let me show you an easy way to do it.
Step-by-step Guide for Washing Dishes by Hand
It’s really quite simple, and you don’t even need a dish draining rack to get the job done! Here’s what you do:
1. Place a kitchen towel flat on the counter next to the sink.
2. Fill the biggest dirty dish in the sink with water and add a little bit of dish soap. (Working out of a single dish instead of filling up the whole sink saves even more water!)
3. Wash your dirty dishes as follows: Dip a rag into the dish of soapy water, wash an item, rinse it, and place it on the kitchen towel next to the sink. Repeat with all the dirty dishes until the sink is empty.
4. Dry the clean dishes with another kitchen towel.
5. Put away the dishes.
6. Use a kitchen towel to wipe up any water on the counter or in the sink. (Doing this keeps water spots from forming and makes your sink look super shiny and clean!)
Easy peasy, right?
Now that you know the basic steps for washing dishes by hand, you just need a few tips to make the system work as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Tips to Keep Your Dish Washing System Running Smoothly
Here are some tips to prevent your dishes from piling up and to make the job go by more quickly:
- Wash dishes after breakfast so you start the day with an empty sink.
- Wash any dishes that may be in the sink before you start cooking supper (there shouldn’t be many if you washed dishes after breakfast). This gives you an empty sink where you can put dirty kitchen tools while you’re cooking.
- Don’t let food dry on dishes, tools, or utensils while you’re cooking. It takes too much time and effort to rehydrate and scrub off dried-on food! Instead, give your dishes a quick rinse or let them soak in water as soon as you’re finished using them.
- If you have a few minutes to kill while you’re cooking supper (i.e. while your rice is steaming or your veggies are roasting), wash some dishes while you wait. This keeps you from having a pile of dishes to wash after supper.
- Wash dishes after supper. Whatever you do, don’t go to bed with a sink full of dirty dishes! Food attracts bugs, so don’t give bugs a reason to hang around in your kitchen at night.
- Involve your family in the dish washing process. If your kids are old enough to help, let them! They need to learn this important life skill. And don’t be afraid to ask your spouse to help out. Even though you might think of kitchen duties as “woman’s work,” the reality is that when everyone pitches in, the job gets done faster and everyone gets to watch Netflix sooner. At least that’s how it works in my house. 🙂
- Crank up the tunes while you wash dishes. It really does help! I’ve always got something playing in the background on Pandora, and I know it makes me work faster.
Wrapping It Up
So now you know how to wash dishes by hand! All it takes is a simple system and a few tips to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
As I mentioned earlier, the key is to stay on top of your dishes so your sink is never overflowing. When you do that, it shouldn’t take you long at all to wash them by hand.
The goal here is to have a clean, empty sink for the majority of the day so your kitchen always looks tidy. Because let’s face it: a sink full of dirty dishes just looks…well, dirty.
So as long as you don’t let your dirty dishes pile up in the sink, your kitchen will look clean even if you haven’t formally cleaned it!
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What about you? Have you tried washing dishes by hand lately?
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