There are times when it is best to wash dishes by hand- the dishwasher can be used effectively when it gets some help!

  1. Using a dish tub: in order to save water and effort, it’s always advisable to use a dish tub to soak the dishes and cutlery in soap and water, rather than holding each dish under the tap one by one. If you don’t have a tub, line the sink with a rubber or plastic mat.
  2. Dish racks: catch any drips by placing a baking sheet under your dish racks to avoid runoffs. Installing a rack above your sink where you can leave the dishes and cookware to drip dry is another solution, as the water will seep out into the sink directly.
  3. Use hot water for washing: hot water loosens up grease, grime and other residue from your wares reducing your effort. It is also economically advisable to squirt a bit of dishwashing liquid in the sink full of hot water and allow the wares to soak. The hotter the water, the more spot free silver and glassware you’ll end up with.
  4. Follow an order: start with the crystal, glassware and plates, then the serving dishes and cutlery, followed by the greasiest pots and pans. Clean the back of the plates first followed by the eating surfaces to avoid changing the water too often.
  5. Use cold water only for washing off starches and dairy products. They get gummy in hot water.
  6. Use baking soda for burnt pans: boil a dilution of baking soda with detergent and water to treat burnt pans. This may need to be repeated till the stains come off.

Dishwashing can be a hassle free task when you use the right cleaner and hot water. Do not pile up a huge load to be cleaned at one time, that can tire you up.