How to Get the Most out of your Sink-full of Sunlight
You might have many different reasons for washing dishes by hand – compared to using a dishwasher, it could save electricity, and can also be the best way in which to protect and clean any delicate items like wine glasses. Follow our advice to minimise the time that you spend doing the dishes.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Washing Dishes by Hand
- Dirty dishes should be soaked – before trying to wash them. If you have burnt-on grease on your pans or pots, then add a few drops of SUNLIGHT dishwashing liquid to the inside and fill them with hot water. Let them soak for as long as you can – the longer they soak, the easier it can be to remove any tough stains.
- Prepare the sink – plug the sink drain, and (if you have one) put a washing up bowl in the sink. Add a few squirts of a dishwashing liquid, and fill the sink basin or bowl with warm water. Not only will this ensure clean dishes but that you save on water, energy, and dish soap. If you wash each dish individually under the tap, you’ll be wasting a lot more resources!
- Start with the ‘cleanest’ dishes and move onto anything that is more oily or dirty – this way, the basin won’t get too greasy too soon. Start with glasses, then cutlery, then plates and bowls. Finish with the dishes that are used to cook with, as these are likely the dirtiest!
- Rinse the dishes — once you’ve scrubbed all of the food off of the dishes, set them aside and rinse them all together afterward. Make sure that there’s no soapy film remaining on the dishes.
- When drying dishes, use a dish rack— if you have the time and space, air-drying the dishes is the easiest and most hygienic option. Dishtowels can harbour bacteria, so if you must hand-dry your dishes, make sure that the towel is clean.
Additional Tips for Dishwashing by Hand
Now that you know the basic steps, keep these additional tips in mind for clean dishes.
- Hot water cuts through grease the best – however, if you are washing dishes with dairy products or anything starchy on them, use cold water instead. These foods can become gummy upon contact with warm water.
- Vinegar and baking soda – this is a special trick for particularly tough, burnt-on stains. Pour one spoonful of baking soda and 3-4 tablespoons of vinegar into the dish, and scrub away at the stain. This option is not to be used on brushed metal and non-stick pans like stainless steel, as baking soda can be abrasive. Always test on a small area of your dish or pan first.
- Delicate dishes? – wash anything particularly delicate separately. You can place a towel at the bottom of the bowl or sink before you start washing – this might help cushion the delicate items and make them less likely to break.
- Washing dishes by hand should be a snap with our how-to guide and tips. It’s easy to ensure your dishes remain clean and sparkling!
For more tips and advice on how to clean dishes, best use your dishwashing powder or entertain your little ones during their bath time, be sure to check out Sunlight’s tips and advice.