From preparing meals and snacks to enjoying your favorite beverages throughout the day, you can accumulate a sink full of dishes quickly. As the dishes pile up, the food remnants will decompose, creating smelly odors and attracting bugs. When you do the dishes daily, you can dramatically reduce your chance of a pest infestation.
You can also enjoy easy access to clean dishes the next time you want to use them. There may be other benefits associated with washing dishes. A Florida State University study found that washing dishes can be mentally inspirational and can calm nerves.
How Often to Wash Dishes?
The best time to wash dishes is immediately after using them. This prevents food from drying on them. If this happens, the dishes are much more difficult to clean later. As-needed dishwashing also decreases the possibility of a pest infestation.
If you hand wash your dishes, it is easy to keep up with them when you wash them after every meal. Otherwise, your kitchen sink would quickly get overloaded with dishes. If you wash dishes in your dishwashing machine, load your dirty dishes in it immediately after use. Turn on the dishwasher when the machine is full or at the end of the day.
What Is the Correct Way to Wash Dishes by Hand?
Washing dishes by hand uses less water and energy than running the dishwasher. Because of this, many people prefer to hand-wash dishes even if they have a dishwasher in their home. These are the correct steps to wash dishes by hand.
- Prep. Before you start scrubbing the dishes, spend a few minutes scraping off the leftover food. If you do not have a garbage disposal, scrape the food in the trash or in your compost pile. You can then clean the sink and set out a drying rack.
- Fill. After the prep work is done, fill the sink with several drops of liquid dish soap and hot water. If you have a second basin in your sink, fill that basin with clean, cool water. If you do not have a second basin, a large tub of clean water will work.
- Wash. Add several dirty dishes to the sink and allow them to sit as needed. Use a clean brush or rag to wipe the dishes thoroughly. As you finish washing them, place them in the sink or tub filled with clean water. To prevent the soapy water from getting too dirty, start washing the cleaner dishes soon. Generally, the pots and pans should be done last.
- Rinse. After dunking the clean dishes in the clean water a few times, you can set them out to dry. Pay attention to the condition of the clean water. If you have a large pile of dishes to wash, the clean water can get soapy. If this happens, simply replace the water.
- Dry. It is best to place the clean dishes on a drying rack. When you do, leave enough space around them. If you do not have a drying rack, lay a clean towel on the counter, and place the wet dishes on top. Some dishes, such as silverware and glassware, should be dried immediately so that they do not rust or spot.
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Using the Dishwasher
If you prefer the convenience of using your dishwasher, the steps are straightforward.
- Scrape off all excess food remnants. You do not need to rinse or scrub the dishes before putting them in the machine.
- When loading the dishes, start loading the racks at the rear and work your way forward. Generally, it is best to load the top rack first. Then load the bottom rack and the silverware tray.
- When the dishwasher is full or at the end of the day even if it is not full, add detergent to the machine in the allocated area. Then, choose the right settings based on the specific needs of the items in the load, and run the dishwasher.
What is the correct way to wash the dishes?
In the process of cooking or baking foods, the dishes can get warm or hot. In some cases, the heat can cause serious burns. Allow the warm dishes to cool off in the sink or on the range top. Unless you are certain that glassware is tempered, do not apply cold water to hot dishes. This could cause the glass to shatter.
What’s the best thing to wash dishes with?
When washing dishes by hand, you should always start with a clean sink. You also need a clean drying rack as well as a clean towel and a clean scrub brush. Keep in mind that these items can grow filthy with regular use and should be washed frequently. This ensures that your dishes will not be contaminated after you wash them.
Will hot or cold water kill more bacteria on dishes?
Bacterial growth is unfortunately common on dirty dishes. You can minimize the opportunity for bacteria to grow by washing the dishes immediately and thoroughly. Bacteria will die when they are exposed to very hot water. Because of this, it is best to use hot water when washing your dishes.
How can you conserve water while washing dishes?
Washing the dishes can use a lot of water. Whether you want to minimize your water bill or conserve water for the betterment of the planet, there are a few steps that you can take. Generally, washing the dishes by hand uses less water than using a dishwasher. To minimize water consumption, use a basin or tub filled with clean water to rinse the dishes. Avoid letting the tap water run.
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