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How to Tackle a Sink Full of Dishes

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August 25, 2022

Written by Zeynep Mehmetoglu

A pristine kitchen helps you feel at peace. Whether your sink has a few dishes piled up or a full tower, you’ll appreciate a clean space. Learn these easy, efficient six steps for hand-washing dishes.

1. Prep

First, remove any leftover food. Dump what you can from the dirty dishes into a waste bin and use a paper towel or rubber spatula to get rid of leftover residue. You should put grease from pans into a glass jar instead of pouring it down your kitchen drain to keep your pipes clear.

2. Soak

Check your cleaning labels for dosage amounts and add baking soda or detergent to your cookware. Fill each dishware container with hot water and let it soak for 15-30 minutes. If you’d like to wash several stacked plates and collected flatware, consider plugging your drain and filling your sink with water to let them soak.

3. Wash

Drain and add new water if the suds disappear or the water becomes too cool or greasy. You should first wash dishes with light residues, such as cups, glasses, and utensils, with soapy, hot water, and your choice of a sponge, rag, or brush. Keep your dishes under the water while scrubbing and check to ensure each piece is spotless on every side, including the bottom, before moving to larger items, like plates, bowls, pots, and pans.

4. Rinse

Remove suds and soapy residue with a stream or spray of hot water. Make sure you wash out the inside of glassware, cups, and bowls. Safely clean and rinse knives one at a time and place them with the handle up in a drying rack.

5. Dry

Lay your dishes out to air dry or towel dry them. Wiping flatware and glassware with a clean towel helps prevent spots and films over each surface. Change the towel if it becomes too damp and consider using paper towels for drying pots and pans with ease.

6. Clean Up

Wring out your sponges, dishcloths, and rags and leave them out to air dry and wash or replace them as needed. Provide a tidy space by wiping down the sink and dish drainer. Put dry dishes away in cabinets or open shelving and enjoy your clean kitchen.

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