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Best Ways to Wash Dishes

How to wash dishes with your hands

1. Clean the plates from food leftovers.

If a waste shredder is installed in the sink, you can clean off any residues in the sink.

Tip: do not drain fat into the sink, as it may clog pipes.

2. Fill half the sink with hot water and add a tablespoon (15 milliliters) of detergent.

Use the hottest water you can handle. While water is collecting in the sink, add a tablespoon of detergent to form a foam. Turn off the water when the sink is half full.

3. Start with the least soiled dishes.

First, you need to wash the cutlery and glasses. Next, switch to plates and bowls. Finally, soak and wash pots, pans, and other utensils, after which the water will become very dirty.

Also, check out this content, for more tips and information about the right operating dishwashers.

4. Wash dishes underwater with a sponge or rag.

It will be easier for you to remove all dried food residues from the dishes if you do it underwater. Wash each item with a clean sponge in a circular motion. Then the dishes must be removed from the water and inspected.

If the water has become too dirty, it should be replaced.

Never leave sharp knives in the sink, as they may not be visible in dirty water and you might cut yourself.

Tip: if the food is burnt to the surface, pre-soak the dishes in the sink for 10-15 minutes.

5. Rinse the dish soap with clean, hot water.

Finish washing the dishes and rinse off all the foam under hot running water. Wash bowls and cups from the inside several times to remove foam.

Do not use cold water so that there are no streaks on the dishes.

If you have a double sink, rinse the dishes over the empty half so as not to clutter the sink.

6. Place the dishes on the dryer or a clean towel.

If you do not have a special stand, then lay the dishes upside down on a clean towel so that it dries. Put the dishes on the shelves after 30-60 minutes.

How to wash dishes in the dishwasher

1. Get rid of the leftover food from the dishes.

Try to remove all so as not to clog the dishwasher. Rinse the dishes in the sink to rinse off any dried, small food debris.

If you plan to wash your dishes in a dishwasher immediately after eating, you do not need to rinse them.

2. Place cups, fusible plastic utensils, and bowls on the top shelf of the dishwasher.

Tilt all dishes in such a way that, after the washing cycle, there is no water left in the bowls and cups.

Make sure that all utensils are suitable for use in the dishwasher, otherwise, they may melt or get damaged.

3. Put the plates, pots, and pans onto the lower shelf.

Large flat pans should be placed around the edges or near the rear wall of the bottom shelf so as not to block the detergent drawer. The plates should face the dirty side in the direction of the water supply. Pots and pans need to be turned upside down so that water does not collect in the process.

In most dishwashers, the lower shelf partitions are angled so that the plates are facing in the right direction.

Do not stack the plates on top of each other, otherwise, the water will not be able to wash the entire surface of ​​the plates.

What should not be washed in the dishwasher:

  • knives;
  • wooden dishes;
  • pewter;
  • cast iron dishes;
  • crystal glassware;
  • fine china.

4. Put the cutlery into a special compartment on the bottom shelf or the door.

The appliance handles must face down and the dirty side up. Do not place the cutlery very close to each other.

Make sure that long-handled appliances do not rest against the water sprinklers in the middle of the dishwasher. If necessary, place them on the top shelf.

Separate silver and stainless steel appliances, as silver may darken when in contact with another metal.

5. Add suitable detergent to the special compartment.

The amount of detergent can be specified in the instructions for the dishwasher, but usually, it is one tablespoon of the product. You can also use special powder and capsules. Add them inside or pour the liquid into a special compartment, and shut the small door.

Do not use ordinary liquid dishwashing detergent so that there is no foamy residue on the plates.

6. Turn on the dishwasher.

Close the machine door, select the desired mode, then press the start button. Wait for the cycle to finish.

If you just wash the dishes after dinner, then the standard model will do.

Use the delicate mode for lightly soiled dishes or fragile glassware.

For pots and pans, it is better to use the intensive mode.

How to wash a cast iron pan

1. Pour hot water into the pan immediately after use.

When there is no food left in the pan, pour hot water in it. Leave it on the stove and do not put it in the sink.

2. Scrape away food pieces with a new sponge or a stiff brush.

After cleaning the pan, pour out the dirty water into the sink.

Do not use detergent or a steel washcloth/sponge so as not to damage the cast iron.

If the water is too hot, use a brush with a long handle or hold the sponge with forceps.

Do not leave water in the pan, otherwise, it will rust.

3. Dry the pan thoroughly with a towel.

Use a clean kitchen towel to prevent the spread of germs. Dry the entire pan thoroughly so that there is no water left in it, otherwise, it may become rusty.

You can also leave the pan on low heat for 10-15 minutes to let the water evaporate.

4. Wipe the pan with vegetable oil using a paper towel.

The oil will protect the surface of the cast-iron pan. Pour one tablespoon of vegetable oil into the pan and spread it evenly over the frying surface using a paper towel. Do it in small circular motions and let the oil dry for 20-30 minutes, then put the pan away.

Tip: if you do not have vegetable oil, replace it with a tablespoon of molten fat.


  • You can listen to your favorite music or audiobook when washing dishes so you don’t get bored and don’t feel like you’re wasting your time just for doing dishes.
  • Wash dishes immediately so that they do not pile up, otherwise, you’ll have to wash a huge mountain of dishes, which is not the most pleasant thing to do.


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