Top Tips for Effective Washing Up
Washing up is one of those domestic tasks which can eat up a lot of your time. It’s a daily chore for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to own a dishwasher. While some of us have had the rules and methods of washing up drilled into us as children, others find themselves all at sea when it comes to the foamy, splashy business of cleaning pots and pans by hand.
So if you struggle when it comes to choosing the scouring pad or the stiff-bristled brush, or if you panic at the very thought of slipping on a pair of bright yellow rubber gloves, hopefully this article will be able to assuage your fears and give you some top tips for effectively doing the dishes.
First things first – you’ll need plenty of hot water. If your heating system takes a while to get warm, remember to turn it on with plenty of time to spare. Two squirts of your washing up liquid of choice in a sink or tub full of piping hot water should do the trick. While you’re waiting for the water to reach the right temperature, you can organise things in the order in which they should be washed.
Glass items should go first, as these will show up spots and marks if they’re not washed correctly, so you want to give them the first shot at the water. Place these nearest the sink. Then work back through plates and serving dishes, utensils, and finally cookware. If pans are greasy or have burned on residue, wipe them down with kitchen roll of give them a scrape with a plastic spatula – remembering not to damage any non-stick surfaces. Some sources suggest adding salt to soak-water, and then bringing the water to the boil in the pan before attempting to wash it again.
Now it’s time to get to work. Wash each item thoroughly and if there are a lot of bubbles still clinging to it, give it a quick rinse to avoid detergent drying on. If items have starchy residue – potato mashers, for example – or have dairy products stuck to them (yoghurt pots can be bad for this), rinse them in cold water first, which should defeat these substances’ sticking power.
Don’t be afraid to drain and re-fill your sink or tub. Washing by hand is less water efficient than using a dishwasher, so you need to keep an eye on how much you use. But on the other hand, washing in dirty water achieves nothing – if the water has been discoloured by what you’ve washed so far, fill it up again. Keep your the draining board space-efficient with a drying rack – this will mean you avoid piling things up at random. There are few things more annoying than accidentally causing a kitchenware landslide at the end of a washing up session. A drying rack can also make it easier to quickly put dry items away, as you won’t need to hunt for stray forks under casserole dishes.
Some people suggest that you allow dishes to air dry if possible, to prevent spreading bacteria from wet or dirty dishcloths. It’s a good rule of thumb to keep all washing up equipment (scouring pads etc.) clean – throw it away if it’s starting to show signs of wear and tear.
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