How to Wash Dishes By Hand

How to Wash Dishes By Hand


Hi there, I’m Angela Brown in this is Ask
a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house
cleaning question and I get to help you find an answer. Today’s question comes from a college student
who just found out that the college dorm he’s going to, does not have a dishwasher. And he wants to know; “What is the best
way for me to wash dishes by hand?” Alright, well that’s awesome because lots of
people that have dishwashers still do wash their dishes by hand. And there are a couple different reasons for
that. Not all dishes are dishwasher safe. If you’ve ever thought about washing dishes
by hand, here a couple of tips that will help the job go easy. First of all, you want to have a dish drainer
and that can be inside your sink where every time you wash dishes you just leave them there
in the dish drainer. And the water will drain naturally down the
drain. So that’s really all you have to do you just
wait until the air dries them out. Well, that is not my preference. Because every time you turn on the faucet
you re-wet those dishes, so for me it’s not very effective. But another way you can do it is you can have
a dish drainer right by the side of the sink on the top of the countertop. And lots of people will buy a great big dish
drainer so that it will hold pots and pans and cutting boards and things like that. Well my preference is to just use… (I do have a dishwasher) is to just use the
bottom rack of my dishwasher as my dish drainer because it’s huge. Right? And it holds all my dishes, and my pots and
pans, and all that stuff. And it even has the little area where you
put the silverware inside the little bin. Okay so for me, I just use a towel on my countertop and then
I change that towel out of couple of times a week. Only clear water is dripping on that towel
so it’s not building up a lot of bacteria. But you do want to change it regularly if
you go the towel route. Now, some people will actually buy a dish
strainer that has a drain pan underneath it. Just make sure that the drain pan is over
the edge of the sink. So that as the water drains, it drains right
into your sink and not out onto your floor. So, that would be a way to do that. Now, a lot of times because there is standing
water on that dish drain, if it doesn’t drain properly or if water gets underneath it, then
it does build a bacterium and it leaves marks on your counter. So, you want to make sure that at least once
or twice a week you take the dish drainer off the counter. And you take the drainer pan off the counter. And you wipe everything down. Just make sure that you don’t have stuff that’s
building up under there and getting icky. Alright, so the next thing, if you’re washing
dishes, is it necessary to fill up the whole sink full of water? Well, I don’t think so. That’s not how I wash dishes. But if you had a lot of people at your house. Or you had a big party. Or let’s say it was like Thanksgiving or something,
and you were going through a lot of dishes, then possibly it would make sense. If you’re going to wash 8 or 10 or 20 dishes
maybe it makes sense to fill up the sink with soapy water. If you have one of those sinks that has a
double sink, then you could certainly fill one up with soapy water. Fill the other one up with clear water and
put about a half a cup of vinegar in it. Now, the white vinegar (which is the cleaning vinegar that we use for pretty much everything in our house,) when you use that on your dishes
it prevents spotting and streaking. So if you’re washing a lot of glass dishes
and you rinse that off then in the clear vinegar water it will prevent streaking and spots. So, yay! Okay, so for the most part, what supplies
do you need? Because I’ve seen people wash dishes by hand,
and they have all kinds of little kitchen gadgets and gizmos and scrub brushes and rags
and things that they use for washing dishes. I am a super simple person. I like to make it really easy. And so, for me, I just have a little pump
spray of dishwashing soap and I have a non-scratch scrub sponge that’s it that’s all I got that’s
all I got. So, for me washing dishes, I put a couple
of drops of dish soap on my scrub sponge. And I wash my dishes. My scrub sponge is wet. I wash all of my dishes with no water. I’m just knocking the food off. I’m rubbing it down with soap and then I stack
them all in the sink. Then I grab the sprayer which is the faucet
sprayer and I spray the dishes down very quickly and just put them in the rinse bin. That’s it. And the rinse bin, I mean the dish drainer. So that way I’m not using very much water
because even if you fill up a whole sink of water you’re talking about 2 gallons of water. Which is a lot of water if maybe you only
need three or four cups of water. And when you use that sprayer it rinses all
the soap off the dishes and you can do it all at one time. So, it’s super simple. Now, when you wash silverware you can grab
the whole handful of silverware. Grab the scrub sponge in one hand and you
can go over each of those while they’re in your hand. And then you can kind of filter through them,
and spray them off so that you’re spraying them all off at one time. You got the whole handful right in your hand. Still while they’re in your hand, you move
them over and you put them in the bin and you let go of them. And they’re they are ready to dry. So, it’s super easy. Okay, so what are the rules for washing dishes? Well, the rules are this: keep it super simple. While you’re cooking your food if you have
pots and pans that you just used, all the stuff is still fresh on those pots
and pans. So, you can grab the non-scratch scrub sponge
and you can go over it really quickly. Rinse it out, put it in the dish drainer and
you’re done. There’s no letting the food dry and bake on
there, it’s hard to get clean and then it takes you know, an hour to do your dishes. That’s ridiculous. Before you even serve the meal, all of your
pots and pans and the bowls that you used to prepare your food in, that can all be washed
and be drying before you even serve your meal. That way it’s super easy to clean. Now, if you do have a pot or pan and it has
caked-on gunk. You can put a couple of drops of dish soap
in that throw some hot water in there, and set that on the side of your counter. And let that soak while the meal is being
served and during dinner. Then when you come back with the dinner dishes,
now is the time to wash that pan and it’s only been sitting there during dinner. So, it’s not like it’s been sitting there
for 2 days. Because you don’t want the water to get cold
and then greasy and all that stuff. But it’s super easy if you do it right after
you have just used those dishes. Okay, so another thing is when the meal is
over. Lots of people take their dishes and they
go put them in the kitchen sink and then the food dries. And as the food dries it sucks the moisture
out of the food and it sticks to the plate. And now you have a lot more clean-up than
you did if you were to just rinse them off right then. Again, with the non-scratch scrub sponge just
a couple drops of dishwashing soap you put your dishes on the counter beside your sink. Which leaves your sink free and open for you
to work in it. Wash the dishes really quickly with again
with no water. You’re just knocking the big chunks off
of it. And you’re putting soap on there, cleaning
it up. Then you have a whole stack of clean dishes
that are soapy. There’s no water, there’s no water in your
sink. Then you turn the water on. Turn hot water on, rinse it off really quickly
and again you’re only using three or four cups of water instead of gallons of water. And then as you rinse them off, (and you don’t
have to turn the water on full blast,) you can just turn it on a trickle.) That is enough to get the water off of your
pots and pans and plates and stuff like that. And again, if you have one of those sprayers
it makes it super easy. Because it spreads the water and so you just
rinse your dishes off and put them in the dish drainer. Now is it necessary to dry your dishes? It’s a great question. And you can. I mean you can. It’s up to you, if you would like to dry them
and put them away. my recommendation would be to have a waffle
weave microfiber cloth. Because that’s going to suck the water out. It’s going to do a great job and because it’s
microfiber it’s not going to leave any spots or drips on your dishes. They’re kind of expensive there about $11
bucks for two of them. You can get them on Amazon and here’s a secret
buy them in the automotive department. Maybe you can buy them in the automotive department
at Walmart or Target or something like that as well. But I’ll put links in the show notes to them
so you can see what I’m talking about. When your dishes are drying. They will dry naturally so if you have something
else to do, run go do something else while they’re drying. Then when you come back in the kitchen you
have a couple of choices. And for college kids, do you need to even
really put them away? I don’t know. If you’re using one bowl, one plate, one spoon,
you might just leave it in the dish drainer until you need it again. And then rinse it off and put it right back. Because in my house I have a dishwasher and
it had a dishwasher for 20 years. But I probably use the dishwasher I have now,
five, six times. I do use it. I do use it if I’m home during Thanksgiving. Because I have lots and lots of dishes. But for the most part, I’m rinsing out a
cup or a bowl or something that’s really easy to just rinse and dry. And I just leave the dish drainer there. And then when I need it again, it’s just right
there waiting for me. Now, here’s a secret: if I have people coming
over and I’m expecting company, then I can take the dish drainer and I can
put it back inside the dishwasher. And I can remove the towel and my kitchen
is entirely clean, there is nothing out of place and it looks like I got it all going
on. Right? So, you can do that too. And even if, your dishes are not dry, you
can still pop them inside the dishwasher and no one will ever know that your dishes are
inside your dishwasher. But it’s a really great way to wash your dishes
by hand. It’s quick it’s efficient, it doesn’t take
a lot of time, it doesn’t take a lot of water. It doesn’t take a lot of waiting for a whole
cycle of dishes to go through. Especially if you’re a college kid and you’re
not going to be using a lot of dishes. There’s no sense to try to figure out how
to get a dishwasher or anything just rinse it by hand. That’s the way that they used to do it when
my mother was growing up. That’s the way her mother did it when she was growing up. People have survived for, (I’m going to say
hundreds of years) just washing dishes by hand. So, it is a skill that easy to learn, and
super easy if you stay on top of it. It’s super easy to do, and like I said there
are a bunch of dishes that are not dishwasher safe. So, learn to wash dishes by hand and just
give it a try. You got nothing to lose and everything to
gain. Okay, so that’s my tip for today. I hope you enjoyed it. Leave us a comment if you have a better way
to wash dishes. I would love to hear your ideas. And until we meet again, leave the world a cleaner place than when you found it.

12 thoughts on “How to Wash Dishes By Hand

  • I have a question….. I clean vacation rentals and all three of them have walk in showers and the shower heads do not detach….. whats the best way to clean the doors? Is there any tricks you could recommend? I get drenched every time. 🙄

  • Super Simple is my ideal as well. Believe it or not I don't Evan use my dishwasher and it's brand new. I believe strongly in washing dishes by hand. It's an old habit. Comes from my mom, and it makes me feel like I'm not lazy.

  • I live in a small house with a large sink in the kitchen. I can fit a dishpan in the sink and still have enough space to separately rinse my dishes, etc.

  • Never had a dishwasher and only use one when it's available if there's more than half a load as it takes so long. For me, it's fill the sink half full of hot water with a squirt of washing-up liquid, then start with the cleanest things first: cups and glasses, followed by cutlery, plates/bowls, then pots and pans. Anything greasy (e.g. breakfast fry-up pan) I scoop out the gubbings and wipe around with a paper towel first then squirt washing-up liquid in neat and wipe to break up the remaining fat before dooking in the soapy water. For plastic animal food bowls I keep a separate brush and wash them last in a smaller amount of soapy water, as they deserve clean dishes and grease clings to plastic, especially the underside. I give everything a quick rinse too. Dried-up pet food also sticks like shit to a blanket so I usually leave them to soak for 10 minutes before tackling them 😉

    Btw Angela, I'm not stalking you, just been binge watching your videos as I really enjoy your take on things. I deal with a lot of illogical, crazy-making people in my working day, so it's a sanity check to listen to your common sense and I'm sure I've said before most of your advice can be applied to life in general. Thanks sister!

  • 1. Using dishwasher = using LESS WATER then doing dishes by hands. 2. Dishwasher cleans better and sanitize dishes. 3. You cannot completely avoid handwashing because certain items needs to be clean by hands. 4. Download as many dishes as you can, rule No 1 does not work if you use dishwasher for 4 plates. 5. I love OXO dishwashing brush (with the dishwashing liquid inside the handle). Best brush on the market. I tried them all.

  • I do a lot of heavy cooking and baking, so some food is going to get baked on, regardless of how fast I get around to washing. For these baked on messes, I can't live without my plastic dish scraper — it's the only thing that works on some jobs. A metal scraper is even acceptable sometimes. For regular washing, I use a non-shredding aluminum sponge. I personally just hate when sponges shred because it destroys my motivation to wash dishes, and then they stay dirty, so I found a special kind that doesn't shred. A lot of the time, I like to "pressure wash" my dishes with a high-pressure faucet spray because it gets a lot of the food off without scrubbing and also keeps my sponge cleaner; this is especially effective if you can do it before the food dries on. To prevent spray from getting everywhere, keep the spray low down into the sink when you use it. For tall glasses and bottles, I love my bottle brush on the inside (not the outside). Finally, I have 2 dish drying mats. When one mat is dirty, I put it into the washing machine and switch to the other one. That way I always have a clean mat ready to go. And mats are good looking enough that I don't have to worry about hiding them when guests come over.

  • Your best tip? Clean as you go. My house has a one dish per person rule, so its easy. For food residue, we use a plastic pastry scraper with a rounded back. A spray bottle of soap/water mixture for the “dry” washing and a basin with vinegar for rinsing. Total cost for one full sink of dishes?Minimal costs for soap and vinegar, 2-3 liters of warm water, done. Pale in comparison to what is wasted washing hands or taking showers, watering lawns……

  • She must hang out with a lot of mentally disabled adults.

    Idiot gets to college and doesn't know how to wash a dish they are too stupid to be in college.

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