Washing Dishes

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I know this is the most non favorite task to do in kitchen. Believed it or not I do enjoy it while doing it.

Do it straight away is the golden rule if you wash your dishes by hand (people with dishwasher have a little more leeway). When you cannot wash dishes at once, remember to soak everything you can. Change washing-up water as soon as it starts to look dirty or greasy.

General Tips

  • Smell on hands Immersing hands that smell from food preparation into hot water will set the smell. Prevent this by rubbing vinegar over hands before doing the dishes.
  • Stained china Remove tea and coffee stains on cups, and cigarette burns on china by rubbing with damp cloth and bicarbonate of soda.

Washing-up Sequence

  • Glassware Wash first. Rinse glasses used for milk or alcohol in cold water before washing. Place a rubber splash guard on your tap to reduce the risk of glasses being chipped.
  • Cutlery Wash after glassware. Do not leave items with wood, bone, china or plastic handles in water for any length of time.
  • Crockery Wash after cutlery. Scrape or rinse off all food debris. Do not use hot water on egg, milk, or starch-based foods, otherwise they will set.
  • Pots and pans Wash last. Leave to soak while washing other item.

Washing Glassware by Hand

  • Preventing cracks. To ensure  that glasses do not crack when you place them in hot water, slip them in sideways instead of bottom first. Always be sure to check the water temperature before you put on rubber gloves.
  • Crystal and fine chinaPlace a towel on the bottom of the sink to act as a cushion when washing crystal and fine chine. Alternatively, use plastic washing-up bowl to prevent items from knocking against the hard surface of the sink.

Green Tips

  • Cut through grease by add a little vinegar to the rinse water. It cuts through grease and leave dishes sparkling clean.
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