Not having the luxury of the dishwasher at home makes you realize how fast dishes can pile up and leads to such a messy kitchen. Aside from the fact that hand washing your dishes surely takes up huge amount of time and energy that even having a fail-proof system for conquering your tower of plates and coffee mugs are useless, there’s this doubt in your mind that will certainly eat you away asking if after all the effort you exerted were your dishes actually cleaned.
But no need to worry! For everyone out there who is on Team Hand Wash and doesn’t want to be bothered by the problem of needing a dishwasher when in fact you can do it on your own, life without one surely doesn’t have to be very much complicated and stressful. So here are some helpful tips for you to be assured that you are really getting your dishes rinsed and clean.
Number one is to use hot water and dish soap to eliminate the greasy feel on the dishes. Since removing leftover food from your dishes has always been the first step to an effective hand-washing system, hot water will be the key in this phase—but then, make sure that the heat isn’t intended to truly sanitize your dishes. The required temperature for bacteria to die is well above your tap could ever go and is likely higher than what your skin can take. Using hot water is truly effective in sterilizing and purifying your dishes for it to be germ-free.
Number two will be to always keep in mind that the cleaners item should come first since when you’re hand-washing the dishes, order truly matters. This is to avoid the germs to disseminate or the food particles to spread, and also to keep your dishwater cleaner. The pattern should begin with articles that are less dirty to the messiest item on your sink. Start washing with those that are used for drinking because they are certainly the least dirty among others, and then proceed to wash the spoons and forks, after that are the plates and bowls, and finish with the dirtiest items like pots and pans that are surely going to be very greasy. Don’t forget that you can place the dirtier dishes in the soaking solution while you clean the other ones, just to make things easier for you and to even maximize your time.
Number three, rather than using a possible microbe-filled dishcloth to dry your dishes, it is better to invest in a drying rack and just let them air dry. How you dry your dishes actually helps improve their cleanliness, believe it or not. Not only will air drying hinder the unwanted germs-outspread; it also takes far less time than wiping down each piece individually. But then if you are really in a hurry, just go and grab a clean towel to dry down your utensils—but then, you have to make sure to often replace the towel with a new one when it is already wet. Being cautious and smart about the things we use for our dishes are very much needed to avoid any complications.
Number four and lastly will be the regular sponge or brush disinfecting since we all know that sponges are breeding ground for potentially dangerous bacteria. When they’re not sanitized, they can actually be dirtier than a toilet. To avoid wiping nasty germs all over the dishes you’re trying to clean, make sure to decontaminate your sponge or your brush on a daily basis. One effective way to clean a sponge is to use vinegar or bleach, always separately and never together. But then, even if you’re cleaning your tools regularly, you should replace your sponge or brush often. It can be monthly or weekly depending on how often you are hand-washing your dishes.